Institute for Marine Mammal Studies releases Elvis the Sea Turtle
Elvis the Sea Turtle put on his blue suede shoes and made his way back to his natural habitat thanks to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.
Elvis is a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle that was in rehab after he was all shook up on a fish hook on August 8th over in Pass Christian.
So, after a successful hook removal surgery and rehabilitation, you can’t help falling in love with the little guy.
The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle is one of the most endangered species in the world right now. So, it’s important we aren’t cruel to Elvis or any other creatures in our Mississippi Sound. Stranding Coordinator Theresa Madrigal said, “We provide a critical habitat for them here in our Mississippi Sound. There’s a lot of good forging area for them. As its very important for us to be able to rehab them and get them back out.”
Dr. Moby Solangi said, “A hatchling has one in ten thousand chance of becoming an adult. These adults live to 70 to 80 years. And if we save one adult, it helps with the restoration of the species.”
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies would like to thank the fishermen and DMR for helping with Elvis.
If you happen to catch a sea turtle on the beach feel free to call the 24 hour IMMS hotline at 888-767-3657.