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The Florida Aquarium releases three rehabilitated sea turtles

Hawk, Piper and Luna were three of two dozen sea turtles who were admitted to the aquarium's rehabilitation center.
Credit: The Florida Aquarium

TAMPA, Fla — So long Hawk, Piper and Luna!

The three sea turtles were releases by the Florida Aquarium Friday on the Palm Coast.

The aquarium says the turtles ended up in its care after they were found stranded in March off the east coast of Florida following a cold-stun event. After five months of rehabilitation, the trio was returned to the Atlantic Ocean.

Hawk, Piper and Luna were three of two dozen sea turtles who were admitted to the aquarium's rehabilitation center.

Cold-stunning occurs when cold-blooded animals, like sea turtles, are exposed to unusually cold water for long periods of time. The frigid temperatures cause a hypothermic reaction, which if left untreated can result in death.