Waving their flippers at the crowds as they are carried to the sea, this is the moment four turtles were released back into the wild off Malta.
All the turtles were cared for by the wildlife rehabilitation team led by vet Dr Anthony Gruppetta.
Three of the four were fitted with tracking devices so that their adventures in the wild can be followed for research purposes.
The turtles were rescued earlier this year and each one has a unique story.
The four are:
1. Sophie – The eight year old turtle was rescued some 60km east of Malta a few months ago with a hook in her mouth.
2. Tama – The 19-year-old loggerhead turtle was released at Golden Bay. She had been in rehab since 2015 following a head injury. She also llst a flipper after it was chopped off by a boat propeller.
3. Alison – The 12-year-old turtle was very weak and undernourished when rescued off St Paul’s Bay 18 months ago. She couldn’t wat properly because of a fishing hook in her stomach.
4. Menqa – She was released at Hondoq Bay in Gozo this week after being found in a terrible mess in Marsalforn Bay after being caught up in marine debris with fishing line stuck in her throat.