Aquarium's 1st release sends 2 turtles to the Gulf Stream

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two loggerhead sea turtles are back in the wild thanks to the healing hands at the South Carolina Aquarium's Turtle Hospital.

After being cleared as healthy, the turtles were boated out to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream Thursday morning for the first release of the year.

Miss Royal and Nud were bothbrought to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program in June oflast year.

Miss Royal, a 215-pound female, was picked up by a SCDNR research vessel. SHe had a propeller wound on the right side of her shell that went all the way through her right rear flipper. She was the first to be released.

Nud, a 71-pound juvenile, was found stranded on DeBordieu Beach suffering from askin infection. After 10 months of fluids, vitamins, antibiotics, and skin creams Nud went under a laser to help speed healing.

To track the progress of other turtles that are recovering at the Sea Turtle Rescue Program, you can either visit in person or go to their online blog. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.