Rare Sea Turtles Released Back Into Wild

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INLET BEACH - Two rehabilitated Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are back home in the Gulf tonight.

Gulf World Marine Park released the 2 turtles Thursday afternoon off the end of Lake Shore Drive at Inlet Beach in Walton County.

Fishermen accidently snagged the turtles back in May.

Gulf World workers removed fishing hooks and line, and repaired their injuries as much as possible.

One had to have surgery.

Kemp's Ridley turtles have been spotted as far north as New Jersey, even in Ireland, but they generally live in the Gulf.

Stephanie Nagle, Gulf World's Education Coordinator says, "Now these sea turtles are juveniles so they'll probably stay in this area, they don't really migrate until they reach adulthood. So, we try to always release them in the same area that we rescue them."

The Kemp's Ridley is the rarest of sea turtles and are considered critically endangered.