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Endangered green sea turtles released into the wild

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By Ryan Lothspeich
HNN Fall Intern

HONOLULU — (HawaiiNewsNow) Two endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles were released into the wild near Makapuu Beach on Friday as part of Sea Life Park's turtle breeding program.

The two were hatched two years ago at Sea Life Park, which releases 200 to 800 sea turtles annually.

“It went really well, the turtles were ready to go,” said Frederick Velasquez, researcher at Sea Life Park. “They headed straight for the ocean.”

The Sea Life Park has the only Hawaiian green sea turtle breeding colony in the country. Since it started, 15,000 turtles have been released into the wild.

“Releasing honu back into the wild is an amazing, moving experience,” said Jeff Pawloski, Sea Life Park curator. “Just to watch these wonderful animals instinctively head out into the ocean, knowing they will help propagate the species, is powerful and humbling.”

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