MIAMI — More than 600 baby sea turtles were released back into the Atlantic Ocean Monday in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center.
In support of the Coast Guard’s commitment to protecting endangered species and the marine environment, crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida, transported marine scientists and volunteers from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center offshore to assist in the release of the hatchlings.
The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. In addition to the more than 600 baby sea turtles being released, four turtles between the ages of 6-months and 1-year will be released back into the wild following rehabilitation at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
In all 637 sea turtles were released:
- 624 Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings
- Nine Green sea turtle hatchlings
- Three rehabilitated Loggerhead post-hatchling sea turtles
- One Hawksbill post-hatchling sea turtle