Juvenile Sea Turtle Expected to Make Full Recovery After Being Rescued Off Florida Keys

Charley the turtle is believed to have traveled 2,000 miles to South Florida.

Saturday, May 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:18 PM EDT
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Bette Zirkelbach examines Charley, a tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital Friday, May 10, 2013, in Marathon, Fla.

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A tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle is expected to make a full recovery after it was rescued off the Florida Keys.

Officials at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital said Saturday that "Charley" was eating squid and his digestive system was active.

The 5.73-pound turtle was found by a fisherman floating in Sargasso weed Tuesday about 22 miles off the Middle Keys. Plastic was found in the reptile's stool.

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It is believed that "Charley" traveled some 2,000 miles from its original release point off Santa Marta, Colombia last June. It was nurtured from a hatchling as part of a headstart program between Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and Mundo Marino Aquarium.

The turtle is likely to be returned to the Gulf Stream off the Keys by early June.

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