Coast Guard, North Carolina Aquarium release turtles offshore Cape Henry, Va.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Ryley Wilson holds up a sea turtle before releasing it into the water offshore Cape Henry, Virginia, Nov. 18, 2018. Coast Guard crewmembers and personnel from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island released 14 sea turtles into warmer waters after their rehabilitation from being cold stunned. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jaime Brady)

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard released 14 sea turtles 70 miles southeast of Cape Henry, Virginia, Sunday.

Crewmembers aboard Cutter Heron worked with members of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo, North Carolina, to release the rehabilitated sea turtles that were “cold stunned” due to decreasing water temperatures.

“The Coast Guard is a humanitarian service,” said Lt. j.g. Jaime Brady, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Heron. “Not only do we rescue human lives, it is also our mission to protect the lives of marine animals. It was an honor to be a part of this sea turtle rehabilitation.”

Coast Guardsmen and members of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island pose for a photograph aboard Coast Guard Cutter Heron offshore Cape Henry, Virginia, Nov. 18, 2018. The crew worked with the aquarium personnel to release 14 rehabilitated sea turtles that were cold stunned due to decreasing water temperatures. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy, Station Little Creek)
Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Heron work together to lift a sea turtle out of its transport container offshore Cape Henry, Virginia, Nov. 18, 2018. The crew of the Heron and members of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island worked together to release 14 rehabilitated sea turtles into warmer waters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jaime Brady)

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