VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Four rehabilitated sea turtles were released to the ocean Sunday after months of recovery.
Two juvenile loggerhead sea turtles, “Findlay” and “Grenada,” were released. According to a news release from the Aquarium, Findlay was hooked in the jaw by a fisher at Little Island Fishing Pier on July 30. Grenada was hooked in the front flippers at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, and came to the Aquarium on Aug. 14. The Aquarium said the hooks were successfully removed, and both sea turtles have recovered.
As for the other two loggerhead sea turtles, the National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue team said they passed their exit exams and are ready to return to the ocean. “Rooney” was one of their first cold-stunned turtles this year. “Portsmouth” the loggerhead sea turtle was transferred to the National Aquarium in August from the Virginia Aquarium. Portsmouth was hooked at the Ocean View Fishing Pier on July 4.
The public was invited to attend the sea turtle release, and dozens gathered to watch their return to the ocean.
"They looked great, they looked strong. You know we've got tags on them so we'll be able to monitor them, and it's a beautiful day, and the water's cooling down, so they should get the hint and head south," said Susan Barco with the Virginia Aquarium.
One of the sea turtles gained 19 pounds during rehabilitation by eating a healthy diet of blue crab, squid, and shrimp.
Sea turtle Grenada was fitted with a Navy satellite tag, which can be tracked at seaturtle.org.
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