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Caravan of Mass. rescued sea turtles heads to Fla.

cape codQUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of sea turtles that stranded off Cape Cod last fall are headed south, where rescuers plan to release them in waters off northeast Florida.

A caravan was scheduled to leave from the New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy on Saturday with 37 turtles. It then planned stops in Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia to pick up a total of nine more rescued turtles.

The aquarium said the caravan was expected to arrive in the Jacksonville, Fla., area on Sunday.

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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