Sea turtles freed on July 4th

July 7, 2008 11:30:27 AM PDT
Fourth of July fireworks shows in Hawaii mark the end of the nation's exhuberant celebration of its 232nd birthday. Hawaiians also observed the day by giving five green sea turtles their first taste of freedom. The endangered juvenile turtles were released into the Pacific Ocean from a beach at a resort as hundreds of residents and vacationers lined up to cheer.

The green sea turtles were bred in captivity and were deemed big and healthy enough to take part in the 19th annual Turtle Independence Day Celebration.

A marine turtle researcher says he hopes the exercise helps people realize the world needs wild areas.

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