Miami Seaquarium to release turtles in honor of Earth Day

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida water park whose staff helped nurse several sea turtles to health announced their upcoming release on Earth Day. 

The Miami Seaquarium is expected to release the sea turtles they successfully rehabilitated on Monday. They were brought down from Broward County after being found covered in barnacles and parasites.

"Since we have so many large turtles, we need probably about two people per turtle, so I’ll probably have about 14, 15 people out there, just helping with the release," said Miami Seaquarium animal care supervisor Jessica Schiffhauer. "What’s gonna happen is we will bring them down to the beach with golf carts, that Bill Baggs rangers provide us, and we’ll sit them down on the beach and as soon as they see that water, they’re gonna wanna take off."

Six sub-adult loggerhead sea turtles and one green sea turtle will be released on the beach.