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Coast Guard helps sea turtles swim free

Courtesy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets Courtesy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets
Courtesy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets Courtesy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets

Members of U.S. Coast Guard Station Gulfport and the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies transported rehabilitated sea turtles to a safe location in the Gulf of Mexico.

The turtles were released in Gulfport, Mississippi on Wednesday afternoon

The Coast Guard acted as a transport to release ten rehabilitated turtles to the ocean, which according to IMMS, is safer than the beach where a variety of factors can pose dangers to their safe release.

Station Gulfport works with IMMS to release turtles about nine times a year. IMMS scientists typically release about 200 sea turtles a year back into their natural environment.

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