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North Carolina Aquariums release 33 sea turtles into the Atlantic

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ROANOKE ISLAND, N.C. – A total of 33 sea turtles were released into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, 22 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

According to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, most of the turtles came from the North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher.

Many of them served as ambassadors in the aquarium’s educational programs.

Staff from partner aquariums in New Jersey, Maryland, Kentucky, and Connecticut attended the release, which was held on aboard the Carolina Princess out of Morehead City. The boat company posted lots of great pictures of the release on their Facebook page!