VIRGINIA BEACH - Two green sea turtles are healthy again and were returned to the wild Thursday morning.
"Mint Chocolate Chip" and "Pistachio" were found in December- one at Fort Story and the other at False Cape State Park.
The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team said their temperatures were low - a condition called cold stun. The team took them to the aquarium for treatment. Their internal body temperature was gradually raised with warmer waters over a period of several days.
They're fitted with pit identification tags and small acoustic tags which will send a coded message identifying them to receivers stationed in Chesapeake Bay and coastal ocean waters so their movements can be tracked. This tagging effort is funded by the Navy Fleet Forces Command, the aquarium stated.
The crowd gathered at First Landing State Park to watch the release.
Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are commonly found in Virginia’s coastal waters, Virginia Aquarium officials said.