Yesterday was overcast and very humid. It was a perfect day to have a turtle release here on Mustang Island. There is an organization Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) here in Port Aransas, and their mission is to rescue wildlife and to rehabilitate the animals for release back into the wild. One of the major activities is the rescue of sea turtles. So when the turtles are well enough, they are once again set free. There was a total of fourteen turtles released, and I hope you enjoy the photos I took at the event.
This first photo will give you an idea of the number of people who show up for a turtle release. For most of these folks, this was the first time they had ever seen such a sight.
I am standing in the Gulf. The turtles will be released into the water after being carried down this aisle of visitors.
Here is the director of the ARK Tony Amos carrying an anxious turtle into the surf.
Hard to see but the turtle immediately headed for the open water.
Here is a large fellow who decided to walk to the water since he weighs over one hundred pounds.
Off he goes and hopefully won’t be caught in a fishing net again.
Here is a beautiful turtle who decided to come back to land. She had to go to the deeper water to get the idea. She finally said goodbye.