Video: Coast Guard helps rehabbed turtles back to the sea

By on November 20, 2018

One of 14 sea turtles the North Carolina Aquariums STAR Center recently rehabilitated and helped return to the ocean this weekend. (Photo courtesy P. Gannon, via N.C. Aquariums)

The North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island helped 14 sea turtles reunite with the ocean Sunday.

Nine of the released turtles were Kemp’s ridleys transferred to the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center, known as the STAR Center, to recover from cold-stunning in New England, the aquarium said in an Instagram post.

Three were yearling loggerheads that were educational animal ambassadors at the N.C. aquariums, along with a green sea turtle and a loggerhead that were rehabilitated at the STAR Center.

The turtles were taken north to Virginia Beach, where they hitched a ride out to warmer waters — 70 degrees, to be exact — with the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Heron.

“Thanks to the Coast Guard and all of our partners, including the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for getting everything lined up for this successful release!” the aquarium posted.

“The Coast Guard is a humanitarian service,” said Lt. j.g. Jaime Brady, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Heron. “Not only do we rescue human lives, it is also our mission to protect the lives of marine animals. It was an honor to be a part of this sea turtle rehabilitation.”

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The Aquarium helped 14 sea turtles meet the ocean yesterday! • Here’s a rundown of all the released turtles: nine Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were transferred to our STAR Center from New England to recover from cold-stunning, three yearling loggerheads that were educational animal ambassadors at the NC Aquariums, along with one green sea turtle and one loggerhead which were rehabilitated in STAR Center. • The turtles were transported north to Virginia Beach where they hitched a ride out to warmer waters (70 degrees, to be exact) with the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Heron. • Thanks to the #CoastGuard and all of our partners, including the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles and @ncwildlife, for getting everything lined up for this successful release! • 🎥 from Karen Clark with @ncwildlife #seaturtle #conservation #ncwildlife #seaturtlerelease #virginiabeach #outerbanks

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO REVIEW PLANS FOR AN OUTER BANKS EVENT CENTER
County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


 



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