Sea Turtles Return to the Sea

National Geographic

Sea turtles face many obstacles throughout their lives—net entanglement, light pollution, mistaking plastic for food—among the many that are caused by humans. Get a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes of a sea turtle hospital in North Carolina that works to rehabilitate sea turtles so they can return to the wild. As the narrator explains, after all the hard work put into working with an individual turtle she had to realize "that we might spend years, a lot of time, energy and effort, and love, getting that animal ready to go back home. And it might not last past the first wave. I had to struggle with that and then I knew that to be a real sea turtle again even if it's only for minutes, or a day or a week or a year, is what it's all about." Read more about the seven sea turtle species