Military rescues turtle tots, help them head out to sea
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -
This military rescue mission had a bit of a soft underbelly.
Most baby green sea turtles have long since shed their eggshells and ventured out to sea by now.
But when these tiny endangered turtles took more than 50 days longer than usual to incubate, they needed a little boost from the military.
The Air Force and the Coast Guard recently teamed up to rescue 29 of the green sea turtle hatchlings at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and give them a lift to the open ocean, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.
They dug up this batch of late bloomers after seeing signs of hatching, including tiny turtle tracks left behind. But also left behind were baby turtles hanging halfway from their eggs. So officials permitted to handle them helped crack the turtles from their shells, then the Coast Guard cruised them 20 miles off shore.