GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - Thirty-three sea turtles rescued from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been released back into the Gulf.
Federal and state wildlife officials say the turtles were released Thursday about 40 miles southwest of Grand Isle in an area where there were lots of clean sargassum algae, an important floating seaweed turtles like. Turtles hide in the sargassum mats and feed on small crabs, snails and other creatures that live on the seaweed mats.
The turtles were released off the Louisiana coast after federal officials said the water there was clean and safe.
The turtles included species of green, Kemp's ridley, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles. Green, Kemp's ridley and hawksbill sea turtles are listed as endangered and loggerheads are threatened.
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