VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Four sea turtles are back in the ocean.
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center's Stranding Response Team releasef the rehabilitated sea turtles on Monday morning at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, near Neptune's Park.
Their names are Aquamarine, Grinch, Inchworm and Tamarind.
The Virginia Aquarium's description of the turtles:
Grinch, a juvenile green sea turtle, which was found by Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Rangers on November 25, 2016. Grinch was discovered floating in the water and presumed cold-stunned upon admittance to the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Care Center. After over seven months of rehabilitation, including treatment for pneumonia and a bone infection in the front left flipper, Grinch is doing well and has been cleared for release. This turtle will also be outfitted with an acoustic transmitter for a project monitored and supported by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Naval Facilities Engineering Command-Atlantic (NAVFAC LANT).
Tamarind, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, is a return patient. This sea turtle was hooked for the first time on August 4, 2016 and released on September 21, 2016. Tamarind was hooked again on June 22, 2017 at Buckroe Fishing Pier, and was admitted to the Marine Animal Care Center with a hook in its esophagus. Tamarind’s hook has been removed and the sea turtle has been cleared for release.
Inchworm, a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, was hooked by a recreational angler at a pier in Mathews County on June 25, 2017. Inchworm was hooked in the mouth, and the hook was removed by veterinary staff. This turtle will also be tagged with an acoustic transmitter and monitored as part of a project supported by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and NAVFAC LANT.
Aquamarine, another juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, was caught by a recreational angler at a pier in Gloucester on June 25, 2017. Aquamarine was hooked in the mouth, and the hook was removed under sedation by Aquarium veterinary staff. This turtle will also be outfitted with an acoustic transmitter for a project monitored and supported by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and NAVFAC LANT.
The Stranding Response Team urges anyone who sees a stranded, entangled or hooked turtle to call the 24-hour hotline (757) 385-7575.
If a turtle is hooked, bring it up onto the pier or boat using a net; do not attempt to remove the hook yourself or cut the line. If you cut the line, leave 2 feet attached. Keep the turtle contained in a quiet, shaded area until Stranding Response personnel arrive.
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