Aquarium’s STAR Center releases six rehabilitated sea turtles

By on May 15, 2019

(Left) STAR Center Manager Amber White carries Beauxbaton, a green sea turtle, towards the ocean for release on Saturday. (Right) NEST volunteer Bonney Brown walks green sea turtle Mandrake down the beach for release.

It’s good to be home!

Onlookers cheered as six sea turtles, rehabilitated at the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center, were released back into the ocean, on Saturday, May 4.

Two green sea turtles and four loggerheads made their way back home during the release at the Frisco Bathhouse beach access, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Staff from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island worked alongside volunteers from the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) and the National Park Service (NPS) to ensure a successful release.

Five of the turtles released on Saturday were brought to the STAR Center this past winter due to cold-stunning, a hypothermia-like condition that occurs when water temperatures drop rapidly.

The sixth, a loggerhead, sustained injuries from an entanglement.

All recovered and were cleared for release by the NC Aquariums veterinary staff.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is dedicated to the mission of “Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.”

The aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For more information, visit ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island.

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