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Rehabilitated sea turtles to be released this Saturday

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Posted at 9:02 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 22:02:41-04

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Six sea turtles will be released back into the wild this weekend.

The Amos Rehabilitation Keep at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve are responsible for getting these turtles back in shape for the wild.

"The Institute is dedicated to advancing knowledge of our estuaries, coastal and blue water oceans, training future generations of marine scientists, and raising ocean literacy through diverse education and outreach programs." said the institute in a press release.

One of the turtles set for release, "Firecracker," was originally hit by a boat before entering the facility.

"He came in with extensive scrapes and lacerations on his carapace," their press release says. "His biggest issue, however, was damage to his front left flipper."

Firecracker was treated with antibiotics, fluids, and anti-inflammatories during his rehabilitation period and this Saturday he will be ready to swim in the sea.

The release is happening Nov. 2, 10 am at Mustang Island, Marker 35 - Tony Amos Beach, Port Aransas, Texas 78373.