Free Spirit free turtles – an awesome story from our last sailing expedition

A few weeks ago we came back from an amazing sailing to Cyprus with our summer program group. Uri, one of our counselors, recognized in the water something that looked like an animal trapped in a bag. Without hesitationwe turned back the boat, pulled the bag out of the water and found a turtle tangled between the strings.
We decided to take him to the Sea Turtles Rescue Center so they could help him recover, and so he made his way back to Israel with us. We also gavehim a name- Nissim- named after Sean Carmeli’s (who our program is in memory of) middle name.

Nissim is also the Hebrew word for miracles, and this sweet turtle definitely had a lot of luck being found.
Happy ending to the story- Nissim was released back to the middle of the sea this week, after recovering well and getting stronger. We wish him (or her, we don’t really know) a long and healthy life, and hopefully he will be back in the Israeli beaches in a few years.

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