Thursday, April 11, 2013

Volunteers Rehab, Release 52 Sea Turtles


 From the Florida Times-Union:


The 52 sea turtles that flippered themselves into the surf Sunday at Little Talbot Island took an incredible journey from near death in New England to new beginnings in Northeast Florida.

After being rescued along the Massachusetts coast last November and December before they froze to death, the sea turtles were nursed back to health and then released from the beach of Little Talbot Island, the coastal state park in Jacksonville.

Massachusetts resident Michelle Koch decided on the spur of the moment to travel to Florida and watch the release. She’s been volunteering for the past 12 years to help find and save the cold-stunned turtles when they “barely have a heartbeat.” Sunday was her first time to see them released.

She stood barefoot in the surf and watch them make their halting progress back to the sea.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “It’s great to see the whole circle from start to finish.”

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