TWO Coast turtles returned to the wild this morning after spending almost three months in recovery.

Green turtles Taitira and Chewie were rescued by Sea Life within a week of each other and were both suffering floating syndrome, meaning they could not dive down for food and were susceptible to boat strike injuries.

Sea Life Sunshine Coast general curator Aaron Sprowl said floating syndrome can occur in turtles when they ingest plastics or have been affected by polluted water.

"The bottom line is that affected turtles can starve to death so it's crucial they receive medical attention as soon as possible."

After sufficient recuperation in Sea Life Sunshine Coast's dedicated turtle hospital, the pair were released back into the ocean by Sea Life's newest teenage recruits to mark the launch of their 2017 Ocean Youth program.

Meagan Ryan was just one student who got the chance to help send the turtles on their way.

"Today's experience was really good because I got to understand what it's like to release a turtle back into the wild," she said.

"It was really good to see it go back into the water where it belongs."

Program coordinator Vicki Brown said the initiative was designed to equip high-school students with knowledge and tools to launch their own environmental projects.

In addition to learning how to market their causes on social media and uploading their own research to scientific databases, kids taking part would also get hands-on experience with the animals they're working to protect.

"While the Ocean Youth Program focuses on conservation and sustainability projects, the skills acquired during the program are skills for life," she said.

"These kids learn so many skills and make amazing friendships and learning what you can do for your local community."

Sea Life's Ocean Youth Program runs in each school holiday period throughout the school year, and is currently seeking more interested students aged 12 - 15.

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