Boca Raton, FL - Abandoned baby sea turtles are getting a second chance at life thanks to conservationists in Florida and the U.S. Coast Guard.
They're barely the size of an Oreo cookie, but these tiny turtles have to be strong if they plan to survive.
Born on the beaches of Boca Raton, these greens and loggerheads were all left behind, abandoned by their families because they were unable to climb out of the nest and crawl to shore.
But thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard and local conservationists the 300-plus turtles are hitching a ride out to the open ocean.
Out there, they'll have a better chance at making it. So, a handful at a time, they're tossed overboard.
If any of them survive into adulthood, it'll be thanks to conservation efforts over the past two decades.
Once near extinction, sea turtles are making a massive comeback, and this summer, wildlife experts recorded the second-highest number of turtle nests in Florida history.
Sea turtle nesting season lasts until Halloween, so conservationists are asking beach-goers in Florida to watch out for and avoid those nests whenever possible.
WPBF via CNN Newssource