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Last Updated: Monday June 30 2008 07:38 GMT

Rescued turtles released into sea

One of the turtles

Two loggerhead turtles, which were washed up on British beaches, have been flown all the way back to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

Dink and James were close to death when they were found in Devon and Cornwall, and were nursed back to health at an aquarium in Newquay.

James was so ill he had to be fed with a tube, with his head resting on a pillow so he didn't drown.

But now they've both been released back into their warm home waters.

This year, 23 of the endangered creatures were stranded on beaches in the UK and Ireland.

But sadly, Dink and James were the only survivors.

One of the turtles

They were looked after for six months at the Blue Reef Aquarium, before they were returned to the sea in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

Both turtles have been microchipped, so if they are ever spotted again, they can be identified by a tag in their flippers.