In our part of the 'world' and other parts of Florida as well, the sea turtle season runs from about April through October. When the turtles hatch they sometimes get disoriented because of lights shining from homes on the beach or they get thrashed around in rough waters and end up back on the beach. That's what happened to this little one I am holding. Someone found him/her stranded (Thursday evening) and turned it in to the Barrier Island Management & Education Center on Melbourne Beach, FL, where my daughter is the Education & Volunteer Coordinator. It was very lethargic and wouldn't have survived long had it been returned to the ocean right away. It was overnight due to the rough seas brought on by Hurricane Bill. One of my daughters co-workers called and asked if she could release it for them so on Friday we took it down to the beach to be released. The minute he/she heard the ocean waves it was like "let me go" and that is just what we did because at that time the waves had quieted down so we were pretty sure it would be able to swim without any problem.
It was quite special to be able to see that little one up close and personal. We had been over on the east coast helping DD and her BF move so that's how I got lucky to be able to hold the little loggerhead sea turtlebefore his release.