Sea Turtles to be released back into the Atlantic
Two of the turtles were rescued off Cape Lookout back in April suffering from symptoms of cold-stunning that occurs when turtles get suddenly caught in waters where the temperature drops suddenly, leaving them lethargic and unable to feed or swim. The other came to the Aquarium as a hatchling in August 2011, unable to get out of a nest on Bogue Banks on his own. All are green sea turtles. Rescued turtles are released as soon as they’ve recovered. Depending on water temperature that sometimes requires a boat wide to warm Gulf Stream waters but nearshore waters are currently warm enough to allow for beach release. The public is invited to watch the release this evening near the bathhouse at Fort Macon State Park at around 6:00 pm. I’m George Olsen.