Coast Guard Releases Rehabilitated Turtles Into The Gulf Stream

A half dozen sea turtles were released back into the Gulf stream off of our coast Thursday.

One Kemp's Ridley turtle, and five Loggerheads, including a yearling that hatched last summer, were loaded onto the Coast Guard cutter Staten Island Thursday morning. A Loggerhead named Virgil, the largest and the oldest of the group, who has been healing for three years after he was injured by a boat propeller, was among those who went home.

After a four hour trip originating at Ft. Macon the cutter found the gulf stream forty miles off the coast. The water temperature there was about 70 degrees.

The more mature turtles were lowered by crane , while the two youngest ones were put in carefully by hand. Crew members waited for a large swell to send them on their way. And as for Virgil, he was the last to go home.


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  • by ted Location: jacksonville on Mar 26, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    No wonder the United States is in debt . Let private parties deliver the turtles to the gulf stream . All you have to do is walk over to the beach & throw them overboard .What a waste of money .
  • by Mr. Beaufort Location: NC on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    I think you all are entitled to think it is a waste of money and resources, it may be true. Would you be singing the same song if the ship went out to save you or a loved one? Or to stop illegals from entering the country? would you complain then? The Coast Guard is a heavily underestimated service with little praise. What do you do for a living?
  • by voice of reason Location: mhc on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    the patrol boat would have gotten underway to conduct training and patrol the coasts anyway, returning sea turtles is just an extra benefit. put your political ideology aside for a few seconds and actually use your brain
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    How many thousands of taxpayer dollars did it cost to get these turtles back to the Gulf Stream? How much pollution was put into the air and water to get these 6 turtles back to the Gulf Stream? But you won't here a word about it from the tree hugging libs. Pollution and wasted money to help turtles is ok. Pollution created in order for us to survive is not ok. What causes some people to have such a screwed up state of mind? 6 turtles that may or may not live; what a major waste of money, time, and resources.
  • by jennifer Location: baltimore on Mar 25, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    I think what they did was awsome keep up the great work guys
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    Waste of money, you must be kidding. This is the stuff me need to spend more on then thoses "social programs" that we funnel millions into and get no results. Oh, I'm sorry, we do get results. More and more people doing less and less. At least these turtles we go on and lead productive lifes compared to some that the government keeps on"life" support.
  • by ? Location: Far Away on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    What a waste of tax payers money! How many people are unemployed in this country? And we are worried about saving a flipping turtle! People get real, what a joke this state is.
  • by jrod Location: pa on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    hay ozone i think your wrong its not a waste of tax payers money. becuase if you dont know sea turtles exspecilly logerheads are on the indangerd spiecies list. so its good that were helping them and saving them.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Mar 25, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    Rehabilitated? I wonder what he was in for?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Good point ozone!
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