NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores releases loggerhead turtles

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PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C (WITN) – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and a number of partner aquariums from across the country released more than 30 loggerhead sea turtles offshore Wednesday.

The sea turtles, 21 hatchlings and 11 yearlings, were rescued on Carteret County beaches, and rehabilitated by the North Carolina Aquariums.

A number of them went on to serve as animal ambassadors at partner aquariums: Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, Newport Aquarium in Kentucky, Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey, National Aquarium in Maryland, and the Virginia Aquarium.

The turtles all returned to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, where they had final vet checks and tagging before their release approximately 30 miles offshore near the Gulf Stream.