The sea turtles that were kept under supervision and treatment in US rehabilitation centers are now returned home to the open waters.
In the front of a numerous public, 13 turtles were released from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The psychologists described the emotion that appears seeing another person doing a good deed as a sensation of elevation including positive feelings and high motivational settings.
In Florida, Sybil and Fred were released into waters on Friday. Sybil was a loggerhead turtle, and Fred is a young green sea turtle. The event was enjoyed by hundreds of people, media representatives were also present, and a drone surveyed the area filming the happy moment.
Two other green turtles were set free from the Assateague Island National Seashore, marking the World Sea Turtle Day. The two creatures were named Beachcomber and Hardhead, and they were rescued in November last year from the coast of Delaware and Cape Cod. Both of them were unable to swim and had kidney problems and blood infection.
Sea Turtles Rescue Centers in the US
The action of releasing the wild animals into their natural habitats is a part of the National Aquarium plan to rescue sea turtles. Over the last two decades, almost 160 marine animals were healed and returned to the sea.
The Sea Turtle Healing Center has only a few staff members that are paid for what they do. The rest of the team is composed of volunteers that have no motivation than helping the small marine animals.
One of the principles behind the conservation movement in the last two decades is that knowledge and opinions do not directly lead to behavior change. Only seeing someone doing something can motivate another person to do the same. It’s not just social imitation, but a representation of an action that can be seen with its costs and benefits and can thus be easily adopted as a personal conduct.
Lebanese Animal Abuse Alert
Humanitarian groups have recently reported an incident on a Lebanese beach involving a sea turtle that was thrown to the shore with a crying child up its back. Tourists that wanted to take pictures beaten the turtle with a stick, which caused dangerous lesions.
Animal rescue groups stepped up, identified the turtle and took it into their custody. The animal will remain in a rehabilitation center until will recover enough to be able to go back to its natural habitat.
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