These Photos Of Rescued Sea Turtles Being Released Into The Ocean Will Make Your Day
Remember that long stretch of freezing weather back in December? Well, as challenging as it was for us human beings, the cold snap wreaked havoc on the natural habitats of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, particularly those who live in the southern part of the country, where below-freezing temperatures are rare.
Fortunately, the United States Coast Guard (among other organizations) sprung into action to help save animals in need during that period of extreme weather. In Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, the Coast Guard was on watch for sea turtles in distress—and their diligence was crucial in saving around 100 of the animals!
Working with the North Carolina Aquarium, which has a Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center, the Coast Guard oversaw the recovery and rehabilitation of about 100 sea turtles who had been "cold-stunned," meaning that they suffered hypothermia-like symptoms including lowered heart rate and circulation.
Now, a little more than a month after most turtles were recovered from the freezing waters, they are getting released back into their habitats. And we are lucky enough to have these incredible photos and videos of the release! Join us in celebrating these turtles' triumphant return to the ocean!