Sea Turtle Release
Coastal Sea Turtles Recovered from Oil
More than a dozen sea turtles rescued from along the coast because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are being released into a new habitat.
A boat that took these thirteen shelled creatures to their new home departed shore in Carabelle around one Friday afternoon.
These sea turtles were rescued from areas where oil from the Deep Water Horizon spill covered the sea. Lois Schiffer from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the release of these turtles speaks for the recovery of animals along the coast.
She goes on to say, “The ecosystem can come back and will come back. But we all have to work very hard and for a very long time to make that happen. This is one of the first steps.”
Florida Wildlife officials collaborated with several organizations to rescue and study sea turtles affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This marks the second sea turtles release into federal waters off Florida since the spill.
The sea turtles are being released somewhere in the waters south of Carabelle where they can live healthy and eat Sargassum sea weed.
FWC officials say of the 13 sea turtles that were released, 5 were recovered offshore in Louisiana, 3 from Alabama and 5 from the coast of Florida.
Dr. Robin Trindell from FWC says “Animals have been brought in, impacted by the oil, they’ve been treated and rehabbed, and now they’re ready to go back into their new developmental habitat.”
FWC officials say so far more than three hundred sea turtles affected by the oil spill have been recovered along the coast.