Published: Jul 08, 2010 11:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 08, 2010 8:49 PM EDT

    MARCO ISLAND, Fla - Southwest Florida has seven new residents - sea turtles.

     They were at a re-hab center in mississippi, but were given to Sea World Orlando to make room for wildlife affected by the oil spill.

     Today SeaWorld and other local agencies released the turtles off Marco Island where they're not getting adjusted to their new home.

     The seven sea turtles swam away from shore, but not before dozens showed up to welcome them to the sunshine state.     

     Sea World has been working with the reptilian refugees for two weeks - making sure they're ready for the move.

     "They'll be in a slightly different location because this is a long ways from mississippi but hopefully this is close to where they will be down the road here."

     The turtles were taken on a 20 minute boat ride off Marco Island to their new home.

     WINK cameras took an exclusive boat ride with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida getting up close and personal with our new flapping friends... who were more than eager to check out their new digs.

     "I think most of them did pretty good... some of them took a few more minutes than others but i think overall they're gonna be just fine."

     And who said turtles are slow... these guys didn't waste any time learning their way around.