Two groups of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been released onto Atlantic Ocean beaches so far as the unprecedented operation to save sea turtle nests ramps up.
The release and relocation work is part of the environmental endeavor by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service, NOAA, FedEx and conservationists to help minimize the risk to this year’s sea turtle hatchlings from impacts of the oil spill. During the next several months, this plan involves carefully moving an anticipated 700 nests to Kennedy that have been laid on Florida Panhandle and Alabama beaches.
So, what does NASA have to do with this? Here ya go!
Located on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the NASA Kennedy Space Center already possesses the expertise and equipment to care for a variety of wildlife. As part of the Deepwater Horizon Response, six brown pelicans, four laughing gulls and one common tern also were released at the space center on June 6.
Ahh, this is exactly the kind of feel-good type thing I needed today. Just when I start to feel like I should give up on this species of ugly bags of mostly water, I read something like this and it gives me a little hope for our future.