Jul 15, 2010 3:35 PM by Melissa Canone
The first group of sea turtles that are part of a sweeping
effort to save threatened and endangered hatchlings from death in
the oily Gulf of Mexico have been released safely into the Atlantic
Officials say 56 endangered Kemp's ridley turtles have been
released on a beach at Florida's Canaveral National Seashore this
The eggs were collected from a nest June 26 along the Florida
Panhandle and brought to a temperature-controlled warehouse at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where state and federal officials plan
to bring thousands more eggs for incubation in the coming months.
It is part of a plan to pluck some 70,000 eggs from nests on
Alabama and Florida beaches before they hatch and swim out into the
oil from the April 20 rig explosion off Louisiana.