PHOTOS: 400 sea turtle hatchlings released at Fla. beach

This July 10, 2010 photo released by NASA shows the first group of hatchlings from endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle eggs brought from beaches along the Gulf Coast being released into the Atlantic Ocean off NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The effort 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. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)

This July 10, 2010 photo released by NASA shows the first group of hatchlings from endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle eggs brought from beaches along the Gulf Coast being released into the Atlantic Ocean off NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The effort 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. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)

This July 10, 2010 photo released by NASA shows the first group of hatchlings from endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle eggs brought from beaches along the Gulf Coast being released into the Atlantic Ocean off NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The effort 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. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett) EDS NOTE: PHOTOS TAKEN WITH A RED FILTER ON LIGHT AND CAMERA TO PROTECT THE HATCHLINGS; EDITORIAL USE ONLY

This July 10, 2010 photo released by NASA shows the first group of hatchlings from endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle eggs brought from beaches along the Gulf Coast being released into the Atlantic Ocean off NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The effort 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. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett) EDS NOTE: PHOTOS TAKEN WITH A RED FILTER ON LIGHT AND CAMERA TO PROTECT THE HATCHLINGS; EDITORIAL USE ONLY

— Biologists have released 400 turtle hatchlings onto a Florida Space Coast beach.

The sea turtles were born at a Kennedy Space Center incubation site, where thousands of eggs collected from Florida and Alabama beaches along the Gulf of Mexico have been sent.

Scientists are hoping the program will save thousands of baby sea turtles from the oil spill.

On Monday evening, hours after hatching, the turtles were taken to Playalinda Beach.

Biologists have released more than 2,600 hatchlings since mid-July, and some 13,000 eggs are currently at the spaceport. A program leader estimates 80 to 95 percent of the eggs will hatch.

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