Coast Guard Transports 193 Sea Turtles to Florida

The Coast Guard transported 193 endangered sea turtles from Cape Cod to Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Animal caregivers from Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary initially rescued the cold-stunned from along the Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay shorelines in recent weeks after they became trapped in the cold water while migrating south.

They were transported by a HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod and transferred to several rehabilitation facilities before eventually being released back into the wild.

A rescued turtle sits in a box awaiting transport to warmer water Nov. 25, 2014. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell
A rescued turtle sits in a box awaiting transport to warmer water Nov. 25, 2014. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell
Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry Rusher looks over turtles in the back of an HC-144a Ocean Sentry. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry Rusher looks over turtles in the back of an HC-144a Ocean Sentry. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Trey Edenfield holds a cold-stunned turtle rescued from Cape Cod. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell
Petty Officer 3rd Class Trey Edenfield holds a cold-stunned turtle rescued from Cape Cod. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell
The Coast Guard aircrew who transported 193 sea turtles stands outside their HC-144a Ocean Sentry Aircraft after their mission. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell
The Coast Guard aircrew who transported 193 sea turtles stands outside their HC-144a Ocean Sentry Aircraft after their mission. Photo/U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell