Pictures: Rehabbed sea turtles released at Canaveral
After five months of rehabilitation, eigtht sea turtles were released into the ocean on World Oceans Day.
- 8 sea turtles rehabbed by Florida Aquarium return to ocean
- Turtles suffered from hyperthermia, pneumonia, shell wounds
- 4 other turtles expected to make full recovery
The Florida Aquarium and its Center for Conservation released the Kemp's ridley sea turtles Thursday at Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach.
In December, the endangered sea turtles were flown to The Florida Aquarium from New England after suffering from hypothermic reactions due to cold weather.
The eight sea turtles were a part of a group of 12 that received rehabilitation from the aquarium. Upon arrival, the turtles were treated with antibiotics for skin and shell wounds and to cure their pneumonia.
After five months of aquarium care, the eight turtles were showing signs of improvement and were prepared to return to the ocean.
The remaining turtles are still in rehabilitation, but the aquarium's veterinary team expects them to fully recover for release.