131 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings released into the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulfarium CARE Center releases 131 loggerhead hatchlings 🐢

131 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings released into the Gulf of Mexico.

131 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings were released into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday morning. The Gulfarium CARE Center teamed up with Benthic Ocean Sports to set out on a long offshore boat ride to find weedlines to release the turtles.

These hatchlings arrived at the C.A.R.E. Center following the severe weather caused by Hurricane Ida.

“Because of Hurricane Ida, we were actually housing 133 loggerhead hatchlings,” said Tabitha Siegfried, CARE Center Stranding Coordinator. “After a 24-hour period of having hatchlings in rehab, we have to do an offshore release. So we’ll take them on a boat, find what’s called a weedline or a patch of Sargassum, and then we’ll drop them there.”

Hatchlings at the Gulfarium CARE Center due to Hurricane Ida

According to Siegfried, that’s where the hatchlings would be naturally found if they were to hatch and crawl out there themselves.

Dig Deeper: The City of Destin has ordered over 500 flashlights to help protect the sea turtles by making these red-hue flashlights free to the public.

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