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Rehabilitated Green Sea Turtles Released Into Gulf of Mexico

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

More than 100 green sea turtles that were once stunned by the cold weather were released at the Padre Island National Seashore Thursday.

There was a good turnout among the public waiting to catch a glimpse of the turtles being released in front of the Malaquite Visitors Center. The turtles were found cold-stunned during recent cold fronts that struck the Coastal Bend in the past month.

Thanks to the help of Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network participants and volunteers, as well as several citizens who reported seeing the turtles, more than 200 cold-stunned turtles were recovered in the state of Texas.

"This has been a long process," said Donna Shaver of the Padre Island National Seashore. "From a lot of people working really hard to find these animals, rescue them, document them, slowly bring their temperatures up, have them reside in rehabilitation where they could get a little bit warmer and regain their full strength."

Many of the turtles found were transported to local rehabilitation facilities, including the Animal Rehabilitation Keep in Port Aransas, where they were rehabilitated so they could be released into the Gulf of Mexico surf, where they will be able to disperse into warmer waters.

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