Pets & Animals

Sea turtles return home to the ocean to the roar of their own cheering section

Not only did this pair of injured turtles make a triumphant return to the ocean, they even had their own cheering section.

Like something out of "Free Willy," turtles named Summer and Sofie were released back into the wild on the morning of Sept. 29 to the chants and cheers of a group of Australian schoolchildren and parents.

In a video posted by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park of Queensland, Australia, the turtles can be seen slowly (of course) making their way to the water after spending more than six months at the park rehabilitating injuries.

The facility, which opened in 1987, has helped rehabilitate more than 200 turtles since the creation of a turtle hospital there in 2009. It invited the public to come see the release of the two turtles.

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Summer, a hybrid green and hawksbill turtle who is between 15 and 20 years old, had been found with two fishing hooks lodged in her mouth.

Sofie, a green turtle between 10 and 15 years old, was found by researchers at Cockle Bay on Magnetic Island malnourished and lethargic, according to the park.

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