DESTIN — In front of hundreds of cheering spectators, the Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center released five rehabilitated sea turtles Tuesday morning at Henderson Beach State Park.

Four of the five were green sea turtles that had been cold-stunned in January. The fifth sea turtle, a sub-adult loggerhead weighing 101 pounds, arrived with a severe fishing line entanglement to its front-right flipper and an embedded fish hook that required surgery.

Gulfarium staffers carried the turtles one by one down the beach before placing them on the sand near the water. The turtles crawled into the surf as onlookers cheered and took photos.

"The surf was nice and calm, and it ended up being a beautiful morning," said Graham Northup, curator of fish and reptiles for the Gulfarium.

The nonprofit Gulfarium C.A.R.E. (Conserve, Act, Rehabilitate, Educate) Foundation advocates coastal conservation through marine animal rescue and rehabilitation. Tax deductible donations can be made online on the C.A.R.E. Center's page. For more information, visit