Sen. Thad Cochran helps release three endangered sea turtles

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran experienced a first during a visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Tuesday. The senator helped return three endangered sea turtles to the wild, releasing them just south of Ship Island.

The turtles were stranded along the coast following the BP oil spill and rehabilitated at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.

Scooter, Squirt and Skipper were first loaded onto a boat at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. Each was fitted with a specially designed satellite transmitter, which should provide some valuable research information.