Public Invited to Watch Endangered Turtles Release Monday in Biloxi

It’s not something you see every day. In fact, it’s a rare sight considering they’re an endangered species, but on Monday, Sept. 10, the public is invited to attend the release of 10 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.

Back in July, workers with the Institute for Marine Mammals Studies, or IMMS, released six of these rare turtles into the Mississippi Sound near Courthouse Rd. and the Ken Combs Pier in Gulfport. IMMS staff members worked for months before the July release to help rehab the turtles after they had been caught on fishing hooks by anglers.

Researchers say this release, and others like it, including the one scheduled for Monday, helps to preserve this critically-endangered species.

The public is invited to attend Monday’s release. It is set to take place at 4:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 10 on the beach between the Interstate 110 loop and the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi. The event is free of charge.

The turtles that are set to be released on Monday were also rescued and rehabilitated by IMMS. Kemp’s Ridley are the arrest sea turtles in the world and one of the most endangered.

 

 

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