Mississippi Aquarium released ten Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles

Earlier Friday in Gulfport, Mississippi Aquarium released ten endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.

Over one hundred Gulf Coast residents came out to witness the aquarium’s very first turtle release.

Since December, Mississippi Aquarium has been rehabilitating 25 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The annual cold weather that occurs each winter causes thousands of endangered sea turtles to become trapped in migration, or ill, or stranded.

After personal treatments, ten of the turtles have maintained weight, food intake, and healthy lab results. Today they were released.

Families from across the Coast came to witness the sea turtles go back home. Mississippi Aquarium VP of Veterinary Services Alexa Delaune said, “They are also tagged with flipper tags so that if they’re found by a fisherman or just out in the ocean by a boater, we’ll be able to know where they go. We still have some sea turtles that are requiring a little bit more care, so they’re going to be with us for the next few months, two weeks. We don’t know yet what happens and as soon as they’re ready we’ll be releasing them. So, we’ll be sure to let the public know, because it seems like we have a lot of sea turtle fans.”

With 15 more sea turtles still under Mississippi Aquarium care, they need your donations to continue treatment. You can help by visiting msaquarium.org/ways-to-give.

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