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Stranded off of Cape Cod, rehabbed sea turtles return to the Atlantic on the First Coast

4:25 PM, Apr 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 50 sea turtles were released back into the ocean on Little Talbot Island Sunday.

The turtles were some of the 242 turtles which were rescued off of Cape Cod last fall in record numbers. They had stranded there due to cold weather. They were rehabilitated at different centers along the East Coast.

This weekend, a caravan of vehicles carried 52 turtles to the warm waters off the First Coast.

Sunday morning,  the threatened and endangered sea turtles were let loose.

Some scrambled into the water while others were slower-moving.

The turtles included Kemp's ridley sea turtles (which weigh about ten pounds) and bigger 100-pound loggerheads.

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