IMMS released Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

The cold weather didn’t stop people from flocking to the beach in Biloxi this morning to watch as IMMS released five more Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.

Kemp’s Ridleys are the most endangered sea turtles in the world. These had all been approved to be released after being nursed back to health.

Three of the turtles released today have satellite transmitters attached to their shells. With these devices, IMMS and guests will be able to track them on their travels.

Beta Club students from Pearl River Central High School were also on hand to watch this morning’s release. Pearl River Central High teacher Mike Hindman said, “Even though we are not right on the Coast, we’re close to the Coast. We are from Pearl River County. So, marine conservation is extremely important with everything that is going on in the environment these days.”

IMMS Stranding Coordinator Theresa Madrigal said, “It is always bittersweet when we let animals back into their environment. We have grown attached to them, but we know the ultimate goal is to release them. We want them back in their natural habitats. So, it’s very exciting for us as staff that takes care of them day to day.”

The turtles received care from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarians and IMMS stranding staff and interns before being released.

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