It’s good to be home. Onlookers cheered as six sea turtles rehabilitated at the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center were released back to the ocean on Saturday, May 4. Two green sea turtles and four loggerheads made their way back home during the release at the Frisco Bathhouse beach access, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Staff from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island worked alongside volunteers from the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) and the National Park Service (NPS) to ensure a successful release.
Five of the turtles released on Saturday were brought to the STAR Center this past winter due to cold-stunning, a hypothermia-like condition that occurs when water temperatures drop rapidly. The sixth, a loggerhead, sustained injuries from an entanglement. All recovered and were cleared for release by the NC Aquariums veterinary staff.