Two tiny turtles head out to open Gulf waters

Two tiny -- and tenacious -- turtles head for the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. (NBC/SARASOTA POLICE DEPT.)

OFF THE COAST OF SARASOTA, Fla. (NBC/SARASOTA POLICE DEPT.) — Two tiny — and tenacious — turtles head for the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These two guys, or gals, are the last of more than 2,600 hatchlings rescued in Florida during the 2014 sea turtle nesting season.

The loggerheads logged some time in a hatchling hospital, with about 200 brethren who needed extra time to recover from injuries and regain their strength. Then, late last month, they were ready to charter their own course in the Gulf. The hatchlings hitched a ride with Sarasota’s Police Marine Unit — since the Mote Marine Laboratory is replacing its boat.

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