Coast Guard members support release of seven endangered turtles at Texas beach
POSTED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 9:04am
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Coast Guard members from Sector Corpus Christi helped return seven endangered sea turtles to the Gulf of Mexico, Monday, as part of a release program run by the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.
"The Coast Guard provided valuable assistance to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep by escorting the sea turtles to their home in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Lee Harrison, Coast Guard Auxiliary member and executive director of Friends of the ARK. “Marine Protected Species are a vital component of the Coast Guard’s Ocean Steward program that investigates and educates the public about such things as throwing debris, plastics and other pollution in our waters. All seven released turtles had to be rehabilitated after being injured by mostly human errors in judgment, causing severe injuries to our sea turtles. It only seems right that human intervention then helped these beautiful creatures return to the sea."
Five green sea turtles, one loggerhead sea turtle and one Kemp's Ridley sea turtle were released.
The Animal Rehabilitation Keep is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates birds, especially aquatic birds, sea turtles, terrestrial turtles and tortoises and oversees their release into a hospitable, native environment.