Caravan brings rescued sea turtles to Jacksonville

Cold-stunned turtles washed up in Massachusetts brought to Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Dozens of sea turtles that stranded off Cape Cod and other parts of the East Coast last fall were released Sunday in waters off northeast Florida.

A caravan left the New England Aquarium's Animal Care Center on Saturday with 37 turtles. It stopped in Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina to pick up more rescued turtles.

The caravan arrived at Little Talbot Island State Park Sunday morning, where they met Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials. About 1 p.m., they released 52 endangered and threatened sea turtles to crawl down the beach to re-enter the ocean

A group of 242 cold-stunned turtles washed up on Massachusetts beaches last November and December. That's more than three times the amount that typically strand.

The threatened and endangered turtles have since been rehabilitated and this weekend's move is the last major transport of turtles that stranded last fall.

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