(NECN) - Eighteen of the world's most endangered turtles were released back into the wild off the coast of Cape Cod. Experts say these juvenile kemp ridley turtles are the same species of sea turtles most affected by the Gulf oil spill.
The turtles were all found on Cape Cod beaches last fall and were near death. They were rescued by the Massachusetts Audobon Sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay and were nursed back to health, paving the way for yesterday's release in Barnstable.
The turtles will spend the remainder of the summer feeding on crabs south of the Cape before beginning their migration in the fall.