Connecticut environmental group to introduce rescued turtles

Patterned Diamondback Terrapin

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut environmental education group is introducing nearly two dozen baby turtles rescued in Alaska.

SoundWaters Coastal Education Center in Stamford took in 22 turtles rescued from global wildlife-trafficking. SoundWaters says they were among 211 baby turtles stuffed into boots and were confiscated last fall from smugglers in Alaska.

The remaining turtles were taken to 13 other facilities in the United States.

Turtle soup is considered a delicacy in China, where there is a lucrative market for turtles.

SoundWaters says the 1-inch-to-2-inch patterned diamondback terrapins are now thriving. They are a protected species and have been returning to their native habitats in recent years.

Terrapins are the only marine species of turtle native to Connecticut.

SoundWaters has scheduled a media open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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