Dip Net Rescue of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Picture by: Carolyn Cole/ Los Angeles Times Picture taken on: June 14th, 2010
Sea turtle experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Riverhead Foundation, In-water Research Group, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA headed out 40 to 60 miles offshore in charter fishing boats to search for juvenile turtles about the size of a salad plate and rescue as many as possible. Guided by information from airplane over flights, the teams would locate convergence areas to search for turtles. Oiled turtles were captured by hand using dip nets and brought aboard the vessel. Scientists swabbed samples of the oil from the turtles and conducted an initial cleaning. By evening, the vessel crews would return to shore to pack the turtles in a truck to be driven to the closest primary de-oiling and rehabilitation facility.
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