Endangered green sea turtles safely taken to sea by Coast Guard and Air Force

7th Coast Guard District NewsPORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Twenty nine endangered green sea turtles were assisted in their safe migration to sea thanks to a team effort provided by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force Jan. 6.

Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral was contacted by the Air Force requesting they provide an asset to help deliver the hatchlings to the Atlantic Ocean after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission recommended the turtles be released further out to sea where there is warmer water.

Upon hatching, sea turtles instinctively make their way to the ocean, however, these 29 being approximately 50-days overdue were considered to be at a disadvantage.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew with Air Force biologists and the sea turtles aboard and transferred them 20-miles off shore to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy where the turtles were then released.

The Coast Guard has a long historic tradition of saving lives at sea but also protecting our maritime environment,” said Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Ingersoll, coxswain aboard the RB-M. “As such we are proud that we are able to increase the turtles chances of survival.”

With the assistance of the Coast Guard and Air Force the chances of the turtles survival were greatly improved.

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