Endangered sea turtles now swim the same water where, three months ago, humans rescued them from the toxic soup created by the BP spill spewing oil deep below.
A group of 33 young Green, Kemp’s Ridley, Hawksbill and Loggerhead sea turtles returned to paddle the briny waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 21. They are the first group to be released into an area near where they were rescued, about 40 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
All 33 turtles represent rare members of the Gulf’s ecosystem. Green, Kemp’s Ridley and Hawksbill sea turtles are endangered species. Loggerheads are listed as threatened.