Flying Turtles

Posted 7 December 2012
Photo by SCPO Sarah B. Foster

New England Aquarium volunteers load a US Coast Guard HC-130J at CGAS Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with endangered sea turtles bound for recovery facilities in Orlando, Florida, on 7 December 2012. A record number of turtle cold strandings along the Northeast coast prompted the emergency flight. The Coast Guard works with federal and state partners in times of need such as when animals are stranded or entangled. This joint effort involved close coordination with a number of agencies include the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region Stranding Network; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; the New England Aquarium; Sea World Orlando; the Loggerhead Marinelife Center; and the Florida Aquarium. The HC-130J crew is based at CGAS Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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