Published: Nov 26, 2010 10:04 PM EST
Updated: Nov 26, 2010 7:06 PM EST

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Twelve green sea turtles, cleaned of oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill, are waiting to go back home.

The turtles were cleaned by crews at Gulf World Marine Park.

The animals are smaller than 10 inches. They were from waters near Destin and Orange Beach, Ala. Gulf World workers have treated more than 140 turtles. Rough waters and low food supply for the green turtles kept them from being set loose.

A spokeswoman for the facility says she hopes to get approval to take the turtles back out again next week.

--- Information from: The News Herald,

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