BOSTON (AP) — Five sea turtles that were rescued after stranding on Cape Cod are set to be released in waters off South Carolina.
The New England Aquarium says the animals will be released near Charleston on Sunday after five months of rehabilitation.
The endangered turtles were among dozens that were found on the outer Cape suffering from hypothermia in late autumn.
They were rescued by workers at the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay and taken to the New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy.
Several weeks later, they were taken by private jet to the South Carolina Aquarium to finish their rehabilitation.
The waters off South Carolina are near 70 degrees now and warm enough for the animal’s release.
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