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Rehabilitated Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to be released Tuesday

Six more of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were cold stunned last winter in the northeast will be released Tuesday afternoon along the coast.  The smallest and most critically endangered marine turtle, they’ve now completed rehab with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) and Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The release will take place from 4:30-5:30pm in Pass Christian, the east side of Pass Christian Harbor roughly where Davis Avenue meets Beach Boulevard.

Several of the veterinary students were part of the university team from CVM in Starkville that went down in December to help process the intake of the turtles with MSU faculty on the coast and IMMS staff. Dr. Thomason is a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist who has been integral in the veterinary care of these turtles during their rehabilitation. He also helped lead the virtual medical rounds held by CVM faculty on the coast and broadcast to MSU students in Starkville.

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