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Sea turtles released in the OBX

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Sep 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-02 14:35:40-04

Nags Head, N.C. – Two sea turtles were released over the weekend off the coast of Nags Head, North Carolina.

On Sunday, August 31, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) released two sea turtles at the Nags Head Town Hall Beach Access.

Vortex, a loggerhead that weighed 78.7 pounds, was released with a satellite tracking device and can be tracked at http://www.seaturtle.org.

Vortex had a boat strike injury and was cared for at the Sea Turtle Assistance & Rehabilitation STAR Center at the Aquarium until his release, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

Heatwave, a small green sea turtle that weighed 14.6 pounds, was also released with Vortex.

The release was seen by an estimated 300 volunteers and visitors, according to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.