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 SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — A local conservation group released another flotilla of sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday. “I saw turtles that got released into the ocean,” said Lucas Gordon, visiting from Texas More than 200 people witnessed 7 treated sea turtles make the crawl to the water after they were hooked […] [[{“value”:”

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — A local conservation group released another flotilla of sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday. 

“I saw turtles that got released into the ocean,” said Lucas Gordon, visiting from Texas 

More than 200 people witnessed 7 treated sea turtles make the crawl to the water after they were hooked by fishermen at local piers.  

The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center hosted the release, sending 2 Kemp’s ridleys and 5 loggerheads into the big blue. 

“I’ve lived here for nine years, and I’ve never seen a sea turtle outside of the Gulfarium. I’m not going to lie I had tears in my eyes when the first one went. I mean it was just magical,” said Destin resident Kaitlin LaMorte. 


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The 7 sea turtles were hooked at local fishing piers in the Gulf of Mexico and C.A.R.E. Center sends all of them off with a tag so they can know exactly when they come back.

Siegfried said one of the treated 7 had a special satellite tracker.

“He had a satellite tag, and he’s not the first we’ve had with these satellite tags, but it is our first male Kemp’s Ridley and that does the same thing. So it’s going to ping GPS coordinates all throughout while he surfaces and we can see where he moves through as long as the battery lasts on that thing,” said Siegfried. 

The C.A.R.E. center and those at the beach said they hope these events can spread awareness for keeping our marine friends safe.  

“I just hope they are so inspired to maybe change a habit that they didn’t realize was affecting marine life. And they go home just so happy that they got to experience this with us today,” Siegfried said. 

“Definitely be careful, and mindful when you’re fishing. Always look for their shells in the water and stay away from them. They’re not our pets. Don’t try to go up to our turtles,” LaMorte said. 

“They got to keep everything clean dark and flat,” said Ava Turner, visiting from Texas.

The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center and the Gulf World Marine Institute share updates about turtle releases on their social media pages.  

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