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In two separate actions, Massachusetts officials and volunteers helped hatchling Northern Red-Bellied Cooters and migrating herring in their journeys. The herring were scooped up to help them migrate past the Mystic River Lakes Dam in Medford to reach their spawning habitat, while the turtles were sheltered in labs over the winter to help them grow strong enough to avoid predation and were then released into Pocksha and Great Quittacas Ponds in Middleborough.