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Sea Turtles Rehabilitated, Back in the Gulf

Turtles
Chip Ward

GULFPORT, Miss. — Endangered turtles are back home in the Gulf of Mexico. Five Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and one green sea turtle spent the past year at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport being rehabilitated.

According to Dr. Moby Solangi Director of IMMS the turtles were caught on hook and line.

“They don’t plan on catching the turtles, the turtles by mistake get caught on the hook and line. We encourage the people that they are not in trouble. They just need to call us, and not throw them back because; if you throw them back with the hook and line it is even more dangerous for them,” said Solangi.

Solangi says the Kemp’s ridley is one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world. They are specific to the Gulf of Mexico and spend their early life in Mississippi.

Upon releasing the turtles, IMMS equipped them with tracking devices in order to know where they go and if they are surviving.

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