Coast Guard Gives Endangered Sea Turtles Lift Home

 

Photo of volunteers removing sea turtle from water

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Joedee Foster, a volunteer with the New England Aquarium, holds a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle as Caroline Weber, another volunteer, searches for another turtle to catch and prepare for transport from the Animal Care Center in Quincy, Mass., to Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, Mass., Sun. Dec. 12, 2010. Twenty sea turtles were prepared and taken to the air base where they were loaded onto a Mobile, Ala.-based Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry for a trip to Orlando, Fla., where they will continue rehabilitation at Sea World before being potentially released back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Photo of sea turtle

An endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle awaits staff and volunteers from the New England Aquarium to give him a check up, fluids and any medication he may need before being transported from the Animal Care Center in Quincy, Mass., to Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, Mass., Sun. Dec. 12, 2010. Twenty sea turtles were prepared and taken to the air base where they were loaded onto a Mobile, Ala.-based Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry for a trip to Orlando, Fla., where they will continue rehabilitation at Sea World before being potentially released back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Photo of volunteer and staff examing sea turtle

Joedee Foster (left), a volunteer with the New England Aquarium, holds an endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle as Julika Wocial, from the New York Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, examines him while preparing him to be transported from the Animal Care Center in Quincy, Mass., to Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, Mass., Sun. Dec. 12, 2010. Twenty sea turtles were prepared and taken to the air base where they were loaded onto a Mobile, Ala.-based Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry for a trip to Orlando, Fla., where they will continue rehabilitation at Sea World before being potentially released back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Photo of sea turtle

Staff and volunteers from the New England Aquarium give fluids to an endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle to keep him hydrated for transport from Massachusetts to Florida while at the Animal Care Center in Quincy, Mass., Sun. Dec. 12, 2010. Twenty sea turtles that were rescued within the past six weeks around Cape Cod, Mass., were flown from Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, Mass., to Orlando, Fla., by a Mobile, Ala.-based Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircrew were they will continue to be rehabilitated by Sea World before being potentially released back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Photo of volunteer putting petroleum jelly on sea turtle's shell

Caroline Weber, a New England Aquarium volunteer, puts petroleum jelly on the shell of an endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle to prepare him for transport from Massachusetts to Florida while at the Animal Care Center in Quincy, Mass., Sun. Dec. 12, 2010. Twenty sea turtles that were rescued within the past six weeks around Cape Cod, Mass., were flown from Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, Mass., to Orlando, Fla., by a Mobile, Ala.-based Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircrew were they will continue to be rehabilitated by Sea World before being potentially released back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Photo of people loading boxes of sea turtles into back of plane

Volunteers and staff from the New England Aquarium, Hanscom Air Force Base and Coast Guard work to load endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles into a Mobile, Ala.-based Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry for transport from Hanscom to Orlando, Fla., Sun., Dec. 12, 2010. Once in Orlando, Sea World staff will continue to rehabilitate the 20 sea turtles and potentially release them back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Photo of people loading boxes of sea turtles into back of plane

Volunteers and staff from the New England Aquarium, Hanscom Air Force Base and Coast Guard work to load endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles into a Mobile, Ala.-based Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry for transport from Hanscom to Orlando, Fla., Sun., Dec. 12, 2010. Once in Orlando, Sea World staff will continue to rehabilitate the 20 sea turtles and potentially release them back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Photo of Coast Guard crewmen strapping boxes of turtles to aircraft deck

Coast Guard petty officers Stephen Perusin (left) and Andrew Anderson, from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., secure 20 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles for a flight from Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, Mass., to Orlando, Fla., Sun. Dec. 12, 2010. Once in Orlando, Sea World staff will continue to rehabilitate the 20 sea turtles and potentially release them back into the wild. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

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