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Endangered Sea Turtle Saved in Vermilion Parish

2009-04-02

A Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, believed trapped in Vermilion Parish since Hurricane Ike’s landfall in September 2008, was successfully rescued on March 11, 2009 by rescuers from Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

The rescue team, through their partnership in the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP), captured the 90-pound female Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle from a borrow pit pond owned by Vermilion Corporation on the east side of La. Hwy. 3147. She was then transported back to Audubon Nature Institute's Aquatic Center in New Orleans for further evaluation and later release back into the Gulf of Mexico.

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