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Gulf Specimen Marine Labs Releases Endangered Sea Turtles Back in the Ocean

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Jul 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-19 22:21:00-04

SHELL POINT BEACH, Fla. (WTXL)-- 6 rescued sea turtles were released into the Apalachee Bay at Shell Point Beach.

The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab rescued the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles after they were injured by fish hooks.

The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle is the most endangered of all the species. The lab houses many rescued turtles each year, helping them heal preparing them for their release.

The hooks were removed and the animals were nursed back to health. One of the workers at the lab explained how big the release was. 

"I've seen multiple releases. None that have been this big. None where we've been able to release 6 of them at one time. And they are an endangered turtle, so the fact that we can help them and get them healthy again and get them back out into the ocean. Its words can't really describe it."