Heading for home, Squirt (39). Photo/NMLC

Heading for home, Squirt (39). Photo/NMLC

The National Marine Life Center, with headquarters in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, reports that the first 7 of 11 endangered sea turtles currently in rehabilitation at the Center were released near Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday morning, April 14.

Each turtle receives a PIT tag or microchip before being released. Photo/NMLC

Each turtle receives a PIT tag or microchip before being released. Photo/NMLC

Each of the turtles stranded last November on Cape Cod suffering from cold stunning, a severe form of hypothermia.

The turtles were all rescued by Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in November 2013 and underwent 1 3 weeks of emergency care at the New England Aquarium. They have been in rehabilitation at NMLC for the past 5 months.

The NMLC is seeking help with transport costs for its remaining turtles, in the form of donations of gas cards and pre-paid credit cards. To donate, call (508-743-9888), stop by 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, or visit the National Marine Life Center website. You can follow the transport and release on the Center’s Facebook page.