BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Three dozen rehabbed sea turtles are earning their wings on Friday when they are flown from the Northeast to the Space Coast to launch new lives in the Atlantic.
Officials said “Turtle Fliers” from the organization Turtles Fly Too are coordinating the rescue flight.
The turtles, mostly the endangered Kemp’s ridley species, were rescued from the cold waters of Cape Cod, Mass., and New York.
They said the turtles being released suffered from cold-stunning in the Northeast, just like the thousands of sea turtles that washed up on Texas beaches after the recent cold snap.
After they land at the former Shuttle Landing Facility, the turtles will launch from the Canaveral National Seashore into their new lives in the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Officials said Turtles Fly Too provides air transportation when endangered species need transport to distant facilities for treatment and rehabilitation. General aviation pilots donate their expertise, aircraft, fuel and labor to provide air transportation to shorten travel time and reduce stress on the endangered animals.