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New England Aquarium releases 6 sea turtles off Cape Cod

New England Aquarium releases 6 sea turtles off Cape Cod

New England Aquarium staff released six sea turtles off the coast of Cape Cod this evening. (New England Aquarium)

DENNIS, Mass. (WLNE) – The New England Aquarium announced it has released six critically endangered sea turtles back into the ocean off Cape Cod after they were treated for life-threatening injuries.

Six turtles, who spent several months rehabilitating at the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital in Quincy, were released into Nantucket Bay off West Dennis Beach on Wednesday evening.

In a statement made by the aquarium, it was stated that the turtles were treated for hypothermia-related illnesses such as pneumonia, dehydration and weight loss.

The sea turtle group includes one tadpole, one green and four Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.

“We are excited to release another six turtles back to their ocean homes,” said Adam Kennedy, Director of Rescue and Rehabilitation. “Knowing that each of these species is endangered, it is very rewarding to see our work directly contribute to conservation efforts that help ensure the survival of these populations.”

The aquarium said in a statement that several of the turtles in this group have been fitted with satellite tags that will collect data on their survival and behavior after they are released.

Tagged sea turtles can be tracked an interactive map.

The names of the released turtles were Wolfsbane, Lilac, Mallow, Azalea, White Cedar and Water Lily.