By Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Four endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were rescued will be released back into the wild Christmas Eve.

The Panama City News Herald ( ) reports the turtles were rescued by Gulf World Marine Park around Thanksgiving.

Three of the turtles were spotted by a United States Geological Research team in the Port St. Joe area. The fourth was picked up a few days earlier.

Gulf World’s zoological director Melanie Secret Holmes-Douglas says the animals were very lethargic when they were rescued. They were given fluids and antibiotics once they were brought to Gulf World’s institute.

Holmes-Douglas says Gulf World has treated about 150 sea turtles this year.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kemp’s ridley is reportedly the most endangered sea turtle.


Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald,

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