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Tracked turtles return to Gulf after oil spill

IMMS donations to Institute of Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) enabled the group to purchase satellite tracking tags for sea turtles released back into the wild.

In late November, IMMS returned six endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles to their home in the Mississippi Sound. These sea turtles were were all rescued during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (IMMS believes that the sea turtles came to the Mississippi Sound to avoid the oil in the Gulf).

The new satellite tracking devices will allow IMMS researchers to better understand the movement migration patterns of the species in Mississippi.

Visitors to IMMS website can track Marlin, Scuter, Skipper, Crush, Squirt, and Terry on their journeys.

Additional donations from following the Gulf oil spill allowed IMMS to treat and house injured mammals until release, add medical equipment to their clinic including an anesthesia machine for surgery, and collect data to  predict marine mammal movement and prevent injury in the case of manmade disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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