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Watch These 11 Awesome Turtles Get Released Back Into The Wild

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These turtles were stranded, hit by boats or threatened by poachers, but they've all made it back to the sea.

1. This stranded leatherback sea turtle is looking forward to a trip back to the Atlantic

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2. And this turtle can almost feel the water on his flippers in North Carolina

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3. Rescued sea turtle hatchlings scramble across the Costa Rican sand

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4. A 300-hundred-pound loggerhead, "Mama Pritchard," goes back to the ocean after a boat strike

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5. Free from a fishing hook, this turtle returns to Galveston Bay

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6. Never mind the barnacles, here's a loggerhead named "Fargo 2"

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7. The U.S. Coast Guard attaches a satellite tracker, then delivers this turtle home

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8. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society releases "Scuttle," a green sea turtle

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9. Ninety-two Kemp's ridley sea turtles -- the rarest sea turtles in the world -- are set free at Padre Island, Texas

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10. More baby turtles -- raised in a nursery safe from poachers -- are set free at La Isla de Palo Seco, Costa Rica

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11. Biologists and volunteers release about 50 spiny softshell turtles into a Vermont lake

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Cowabunga, dudes.