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Miracle Turtle Released in Ocean (Video)

A loggerhead turtle that was hit several times by boats and split open was recently released after a full recovery. The poor turtle was found in very poor condition stranded on a beach, but it was taken to a marine conservation facility and given various medical treatments for months. It had cuts through the shell exposing part of the spinal cord and lung. It is hoped the male turtle will find mates and reproduce because the species needs to experience a population increase. IUCN considers them an endangered species, and in the US their status is threatened throughout their range. Hunting them for food and consuming their eggs used to be more common, but their population has decreased so much, they are now protected.

Some boaters don’t pay attention to marine wildlife, and others drive too fast and recklessly. Slowing down gives marine life more time to move out of the way of boats. Also, some boaters drink alcohol and drive believing it is safer than driving an automobile, when this is actually not true at all.

Image Credit: Strobilomyces / Wiki Commons

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1:03PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

I'm so happy be made it considering how bad his injuries were but most won't, which is just horrible.

4:02AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

amazing story

4:02AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

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4:46PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Yeah!!! BEST LUCK!!!!

2:11PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

It's pretty incredible that they were able to fix his shell. I had braces... I don't think I appreciated my orthodontist nearly enough now that I see this!

7:03AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Beautiful. I wish they could all be rescued. Idiots with boats kill everything in their path. It's like driving a meat grinder over these poor creatures. I'm so glad he was rescued.

10:09PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Well done! Thanks for sharing.

3:17AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.

6:48AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

wow

2:08AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

that's my kind of news story! i want to sincerely thank the team that helped him and wish this turtle all the very best out there.

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