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Be free, little one! 

During a research expedition to document shipwrecks off North Carolina in 2017, researchers from Monitor National Marine Sanctuary got to release two rehabilitated sea turtles. This cutie is Puck, a juvenile hawksbill turtle rehabilitated by the North Carolina Sea Turtle Project. The researchers were excited to shellebrate his return to the wild! 

(Photo: Joe Hoyt/NOAA) 

[Image description: A person holding a juvenile sea turtle on a boat.]