Loggerhead Sea Turtle Released Off South Florida

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JUNO BEACH, Florida -- July 8, 2012

A loggerhead sea turtle rehabilitated in South Florida has been released back into the wild.

The 195-pound female turtle called Kahuna was released Saturday into the ocean off Juno Beach.

When Kahuna was found near a power plant two years ago, half of one flipper had been cut off and another flipper was badly injured. Veterinarians at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center say the turtle also suffered from a severe bone infection that resisted antibiotics.

The infection was cured only after the turtle underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a rarity in veterinary medicine.

Kahuna carries a GPS tracker that will chart the turtle's movements over the next year. The center's director of research and rehabilitation tells The Palm Beach Post that Kahuna is relatively young and could produce thousands of offspring.

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