GULFPORT, Miss. — Thirty endangered turtles will be brought to Gulfport to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.
Hundreds of young, “cold-stunned,” Kemp’s ridley sea turtles have been washing up on Massachusetts beaches since November due to unusually cold weather. The condition is potentially fatal for the animals.
The Sun Herald reports the New England Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue team was becoming overwhelmed so they will send 85 turtles to the Gulf Coast. All 85 will arrive at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Thirty will go to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport. The rest will be taken to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans and Gulf World in Panama City, Florida.
Research has shown the Mississippi Sound is an important developmental habitat for the turtles.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com