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Turtle Rescue Center Releases 100 Happy Sea Turtles

Sometimes turtles need a helping hand.

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On Dec. 18, 2013, Sea Turtle, Inc., a sea turtle rescue center on South Padre Island, Texas, released around 100 Atlantic Green sea turtles that had been stranded during the previous week's cold front. Because temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico had dropped too quickly, the sea turtles had become either lethargic or cold-stunned, and many were washed ashore. Due to the efforts of Sea Turtle, Inc. volunteers and concerned citizens, only four sea turtles were reported dead. The rest were rescued to be released at a warmer time. The following photos depict that release.

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Within twenty minutes, seven or eight trucks lined the sidewalk of the beach access. One by one, they backed into the cleared site and volunteers stood by to unload and assist the turtles on their journey back into the Gulf of Mexico.

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