VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team is releasing three rehabilitated sea turtles back into the ocean.
The turtles will be released at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, along the shore behind Neptune's Park at 31st Street, at 9 a.m. Friday.
Boston Bruin, a loggerhead sea turtle, was hit by a boat, causing a fracture to its carapace. It's been rehabbed for more than a year at the Aquarium's Marine Animal Care Center.
Itwill be wearing a satellite tag and an acoustic tag. The turtle's movements will be tracked onseaturtle.org by satellite while the Navy will receive information provided by the acoustic tag.
The Navy is tracking the movements of sea turtles in the Chesapeake Bay and along the coast so scientists can better protect the turtles during training exercises.
Maleficent, a small Kemp's ridley turtle, was hooked in the esophagus at Gloucester Point Fishing Pier on July 6. She also possessed a deep penetrating wound on the right side of her head. The hook in Maleficent's esophagus was removed surgically by Beach Pet Hospital.
Gaston, a Kemp's ridley, was accidentally hooked August 9 by a recreational fisherman at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was superficially in the beak and fell out before the Stranding Response Team arrived. Gaston was admitted for rehabilitation as a cautionary measure.
The Stranding Response Team urges anyone who sees a hooked turtle to call the 24-hour hotline 757 385-7575. While you wait for assistance, do not pull a turtle up on the line which causes further injury but scoop it with a net. Then keep the turtle shaded and wet. Most of all, do not fish if you see turtles nearby.