Rehabbed Sea Turtle Released Off Islamorada

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(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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ISLAMORADA – After six weeks of rehab at Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, an adolescent sea turtle was returned to its home on Sunday.

Found in late May floating off the Upper Keys, the 105 pound reptile was lethargic and could not dive.

Good Samaritans recovered the turtle and it was transported to The Turtle Hospital. Hospital officials used antibiotic therapy and the turtle, nicknamed “Goody,” quickly recovered. Subsequent medical tests and evaluations indicated the reptile was ready for release.

About 75 Keys residents and visitors showed up for the release at Anne’s Beach in Islamorada.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Florida Keys News Bureau contributed to this report.)

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