Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Releases Seven Rehabilitated Sea Turtles

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Pictured: One of the sea turtles is measured prior to its release.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium said a fond farewell to seven juvenile green sea turtles today as they were released in Ormond Beach. The seven turtles came to Mote's care after stranding on the east coast of Florida due to cold stress. Cold stress can be potentially fatal as the turtle's body functions slow down, leaving it susceptible to predators and boat strikes, allowing for algae to grow on their backs, and more. After being cleared for release, the seven turtles were given a last physical check and implanted with a PIT tag (passive integrated transponder). These small microchips function much like a pet microchip does, so the animals will be able to identified if they strand again. 

Pictured: One of the sea turtles is measured prior to its release.

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