Back to the sea! 17 sea turtles rehabilitated at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island were released Tuesday at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC. The turtles, many of which had been cold stunned during the winter, were treated at NCARI’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center and have been cleared to return to the ocean. The event took place in southeastern North Carolina because the waters there are currently warm enough for a beach release. During warmer month,s the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island releases rehabilitated sea turtles on local beaches. Keep watch on our Facebook page for announcements!