Ten young sea turtles are headed back into the Gulf of Mexico. All were nursed back to health after swallowing anglers' hooks.
The animals released Saturday are among 213 endangered Kemp's-ridley turtles brought this year to the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport after taking fish bait along Mississippi's coast.
Director Moby Solangi says nearly all turtles that swallow hooks can be saved with treatment.
Federal marine biologist Melissa Cook says reports of hooked turtles are rising. She says actual numbers are likely up, but many that might once have been just let go are probably now being reported and brought for help.
Solangi says more turtles may be seeking food close to shore because their typical diet—oysters and crabs—have declined in numbers.
Hooked sea turtles heading back to the Gulf (2014, September 7)
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Hooked sea turtles heading back to the Gulf