Dozens of sea turtles are heading back out to warmer seas off our coast.
Wednesday morning a Coast Guard crew took more than thirty of healthiest turtles out to warmer waters of the Gulf Stream to release them.
Volunteers and rescue workers spent a week nursing the young endangered animals back to health after 80 were found, stunned from the cold waters.
The shallow waters of the Core and Pamlico sounds cooled too quickly for the turtles to escape. They became hypothermic and some even developed pneumonia. "Turtles love the sound areas in North Carolina," says conservation coordinator Wendy Cluse. "That's where they're hanging out, that's where they're feeding. If they don't move out of the area in time they get kind of stuck in those sound areas. They're trying to move south but just the geography of the barrier islands gets them stuck in the sounds."
Rescuers say sea turtles get stuck in the sounds each year, but recently they're finding more and more. Experts say they expect it and try to prepare for it.