BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New England Aquarium has decided to release twenty-five Kemp's ridley sea turtles back into the wild.
The Aquarium rescued and rehabilitated the sea turtles, after finding them ashore on Cape Cod during the winter. They were then being cared for at the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital in Quincy, MA
Volunteer pilots from non-profit organization Turtles Fly Too met at the Marshfield Airport on Tuesday to safely board the turtles to fly them to North Carolina, near Fort Macon State Park, where the water is warmer.
It took three planes to take the turtles from the New England Aquarium, along with nine more turtles from the National Marine Life Center and Mystic Aquarium.
“It is so rewarding to see many of these turtles returning to their home,” Adam Kennedy, senior biologist at the Aquarium said in a press release. “While I would love to be there to set the turtles down on the beach myself, knowing that this honor will go to others that have played such pivotal roles rescuing these animals over the years—especially this year—makes it just as special.”