wo rescued sea turtles were released in the Florida Keys Friday to join a “race” tracking their long-distance migration.
“Little Money,” a 365-pound (166-kilogram) mature female green turtle, and “Coco,” a 215-pound (98-kilogram) male loggerhead, were returned to the Atlantic Ocean as about 1,000 spectators watched. The reptiles were rehabilitated and fitted with satellite tracking transmitters at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital.
The turtles were treated for gastrointestinal issues and are the only rehabilitated turtles in the Tour de Turtles, an online monitoring program that will follow 17 satellite-tagged turtles for three months beginning Aug. 1.
One of the key things we are seeing is that rehabilitated turtles from the sea turtle hospital in the Florida Keys are acting normal and surviving after being released and being treated,” said Dan Evans, a research biologist for the Sea Turtle Conservancy that administers the Tour de Turtles. “So it does make an impact for these turtles that are being treated.”