- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has released 10 rehabilitated Kemp’s Ridley turtles into the Gulf of Mexico.

WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports (https://bit.ly/S4v4yM ) some Boy Scouts and elementary school students helped institute workers Saturday with releasing the sea turtles.

The turtles had been under the care of the institute since earlier this year.

Institute director Moby Solangi says the Kemp’s Ridley turtles were on the brink of extinction in the 1980s. He says they were making a recovery thanks to conservation efforts on the main nesting beach in Mexico and on foraging grounds throughout the Gulf of Mexico until the 2010 oil spill.

Solangi says the turtles released Saturday were not tagged with GPS devices like some released previously. They were simply marked so scientists will know if they return.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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