COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - 37 sea turtles rescued from the Gulf oil spill are now calling Collier County home.
"it was a very small amount, but very sticky," said Dan Conklin, Seaworld's Aquarium Supervisor. "It sounds like they had quite a time getting even a little off of them."
All but three of the turtles are endangered Kemp's Ridleys.
"These guys are about two or three years old," said Dr. Jeff Schmid, Environmental Research Manager at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
The turtles were rescued off the coast of Louisiana, cleaned up at a lab there, then rehabilitated at Seaworld. On Thursday, biologists brought them to Collier and released them near the 10,000 Islands.
"The most logical site is to release them where Kemp's are known to occur in the wild," said Dr. Schmid. "The resources are there, the food, and the habitat for them to survive and thrive."
This was the 6th release in Collier since the spill.
"Pushes us over the 100th mark of animals we've released in this area," said Dr. Schmid.
More rehabilitated sea turtles could be joining them soon.
"We have at least eight and a few more after that," said Conklin.
Plus, cooler weather is starting to hit the Northern Gulf. That could force biologists to release more turtles in Collier.
"Time is becoming of the essence because we're approaching winter in The Gulf and water temperatures start to drop down," said Dr. Schmid.
It's probably not something the sea turtles released today will have to worry about