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    Coast Guard releases 5 endangered sea turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico

    Coast Guard releases endangered sea turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda Emery | Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crew members returned five endangered sea...... read more read more

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX, UNITED STATES

    08.23.2013

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    U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crew members returned five endangered sea turtles to the Gulf of Mexico Friday, as part of a release program run by Sea Turtle Inc., a nonprofit organization that educates the public and rehabilitates injured sea turtles recovered in the area.

    “We’re always happy to participate in the release of sea turtles, which supports our commitment to protecting endangered species,” said Lt. Josh Sagers, the commanding officer of Station South Padre Island.

    The turtles released were all Kemp’s Ridley turtles and ranged in size from 10 to 25 pounds. The Kemp’s Ridley is one of the smallest and most critically endangered of sea turtle species, with most nest sites along the eastern shores of Texas and Mexico.

    Sea Turtle Inc. recovers and releases approximately 30 rehabilitated sea turtles a year, in addition to monitoring turtle nest sites and releasing hatchlings into the sea.

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    Date Taken: 08.23.2013
    Date Posted: 08.29.2013 12:54
    Story ID: 112828
    Location: SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX, US 

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