Just Keep Swimming! Sea Turtle Release in Nags Head

There will be a chance to take part in a unique opportunity tomorrow, August 3rd, as you witness three green sea turtles–Augie, Crab, and Seabiscuit–being released back into the wild around 8:30 am at the Nags Head Town Hall public beach access.

These three troopers have been spending time at the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center and will be crawling back into the Atlantic tomorrow with the help of the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) and the aquarium.

Augie came to the aquarium in 2013 after being rescued by the Beaufort, NC Coast Guard with severe injuries to his front flippers. North Carolina State University, known for its veterinary sciences and engineering programs, actually used a 3D printer to create a splint for the turtle’s right front flipper. That’s right, they printed a splint. Augie wore it for 40 days and is now ready to return to the ocean fully healed.

Locals and visitors are invited to come watch as the trio of endangered green sea turtles returns to the sea and are encouraged to arrive by 8 am. Parking is available at 5401 S Croatan Highway. This is something you won’t want to miss!


For more information, updates, and future events follow the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island by clicking here.

Images courtesy of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami


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