Hancock County

Three Kemp's Ridley turtles found alive on Coast beaches

The Institute for Marine Mammals Studies reports today that three Kemp's Ridley turtles have been found alive on the Coast and are at the Institute in Gulfport.

The turtles were found in Waveland and Bay St. Louis over the last couple of days and are in rehabilitation at IMMS, Director Moby Solangi told the Sun Herald.

The three are the only turtles that have been found alive. There have been 77 found dead on South Mississippi beaches in the past few weeks.

Kemp's Ridley are considered critically endagered sea turtles. The species is the smallest of the sea turtles, reaching two to three feet at maturity.

No visible oil interaction has been found on any of the turtles examined at IMMS, Solangi said.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's Sun Herald.