Rescued turtles to be released back into wild today

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) releases nine juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtles and one juvenile loggerhead sea turtle today and you're invited. The rescued turtles were rehabilitated at the IMMS following serious injuries this year.

Today they will be released from the beach just west of the Courthouse Road Harbor in Gulfport at 10 a.m. One of the turtles is tagged with a satellite so its movements can be followed. You can watch that turtles' journey by clicking here:

"The northern Gulf of Mexico has been historically understudied regarding sea turtles, so our research, stranding response, and rehabilitation efforts have shed new light on the ecology and conservation of the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle," Dr. Andy Coleman said.
Join WLOX anchor Rebecca Powers and Boy Scout troops from Ocean Springs and Long Beach watch the turtles venture back to the reefs in the western Mississippi Sound.

"Sea turtles and dolphins are sentinel species that can be reliable indicators of ecosystem health and thus deserve our attention, especially in light of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," Solangi said. "We are very thankful of the great support that IMMS receives from the great citizens of the Mississippi Gulf coast and from our State and Federal Government agencies."

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