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200 Loggerhead Turtles released in Fort Pierce

 FORT PIERCE, Fla. - About 200 loggerhead sea turtles that were born and raised in captivity will be released Wednesday morning into the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2-year-old turtles will be  loaded onto a U.S. Coast Guard ship and released into the Gulf Stream several miles off the coast of Fort Pierce.

Raised in Galveston, Texas, the turtles were used to test the effectiveness of shrimp trawler nets.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the nets were designed to allow turtles to escape but not shrimp.

Each turtle only underwent testing for about 10 minutes to see how quickly they could escape the nets.

NOAA scientists spent more than 40 days conditioning the turtles in a semi-wild environment to prepare them for Wednesday's release.

Right now the turtles are about 15 pounds each. 

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