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.

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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.

    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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