Coast Guard helps to release rehabilitated sea turtles

Two rehabilitated sea turtles await their moment of freedom as the US Coast Guard prepares to release them back into the wild. (Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Tyler Mackezie)

Special to the PRESS

The United States Coast Guard Station South Padre Island and American Diving partnered with Sea Turtle Inc. to release several re­habilitated turtles back into the wild including Karma, a 200 pound Atlantic Green Sea Turtle.

On July 25, one Hawks­bill and three Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were re­leased, and on August 1, they helped release another Hawksbill sea turtle and Karma.

Jeff George, Curator of Sea Turtle Inc. said, “The sea turtle population in South Texas is on the rise, but with more turtles comes more turtle injuries.”

To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Aug. 4 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.


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