Buckbeak and Howard Florey, two sea turtles rehabilitated at the STAR Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, wasted no time headed back to the ocean Tuesday morning at Coquina Beach.
Howard Florey, a Kemp’s Ridley turtle, was treated at the STAR Center sea turtle hospital after suffering from cold stunning and a cut flipper. He’s about four to six years old.
Buckbeak, a juvenile loggerhead turtle weighing about 85 pounds, was found suffering from malnutrition.
A crowd of about 100 people gathered and cheered the turtle’s return home.