Six endangered sea turtles are swimming free in the Gulf of Mexico again, thanks to veterinarians at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.
WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/Y6HHJn ) reports that the five Kemp's ridley sea turtles and one green sea turtle had spent a year being rehabilitated.
Scientists from the institute and local students released them on Saturday next to the Pass Christian Harbor and near several reefs.
Institute wildlife ecologist Jonathan Pitchford says it's fun to release both kinds together. He says green sea turtles take off fast, while Kemp's ridleys move away slowly and easily.
One turtle was fitted with a satellite tracking device. It was dubbed Chipper in honor of Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott.
IMMS satellite sea turtle tracking: http://www.imms.org/satellite_tracking_home.php
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