An endangered green sea turtle is unloaded from a truck prior to its release into the waters of the Banana River at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Wildlife personnel and volunteers are releasing groups of the federally protected turtles after nearly 2,000 of the animals were "stunned" by prolonged cold temperatures.
Many of the turtles were rescued from the Mosquito Lagoon, with others coming from the Indian River Lagoon and Cocoa Beach. Biologists, environmentalists, wildlife experts and other volunteers joined forces with a massive rescue effort at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, where the turtles were identified, examined and transported to rehabilitation facilities throughout Florida and South Georgia. The animals stayed at these facilities until local waters warmed up to safe temperatures. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder