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Rescued sea turtles released near Marco Island

See larger Gary Lytton, director of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the  Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff

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Gary Lytton, director of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. David Albers/Staff

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  • One of 42 rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles is loaded onto a boat at Calusa Island Marina in Goodland to be released into the wild on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Magan Celt, a senior aquarist with Disney's Animal Programs, releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Danielle O'Neil, manager of the sea turtle program at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • A rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle is released in the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Teryl Nolan, supervisor of the aquarium department at SeaWorld, releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • One of 42 rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles is loaded onto a boat at Calusa Island Marina in Goodland to be released into the wild on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • One of 42 rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles is loaded onto a boat at Calusa Island Marina in Goodland to be released into the wild on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Wildlife officials release rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • One of 42 rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles is loaded onto a boat at Calusa Island Marina in Goodland to be released into the wild on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Fawn Miller, left, and Magan Celt, with Disney's Animal Programs, unload crates containing rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles at Calusa Island Marina in Goodland on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The 42 endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Wildlife officials document and release rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Wildlife officials release rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Gary Lytton, director of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the  Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • An identification microchip is scanned on a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle as it is prepared at Calusa Island Marina in Goodland to be released into the wild on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010 in Goodland. Forty two of the endangered sea turtles were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers peak into crates of rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles as they are loaded onto a boat at Calusa Island Marina in Goodland to be released into the wild on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The 42 endangered sea turtles were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Teryl Nolan, supervisor of the aquarium department at SeaWorld, releases a rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff
  • Wildlife officials release rehabilitated Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. The endangered sea turtles rescued off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were released at two designated locations near the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  David Albers/Staff

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