KOHALA COAST, HI 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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