Recovered Florida Keys Sea Turtle Released Into Ocean - NBC 6 South Florida

Recovered Florida Keys Sea Turtle Released Into Ocean

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    A loggerhead sea turtle that was found tangled in a fishing trap line last September is was released back into the ocean Saturday.

    Booga, the 125-pound turtle, had also been found with a broken flipper, officials said. The flipper was amputated and additional treatment included surgery, vitamins, physical therapy and a healthy diet, according to a press release.

    Booga was released into the ocean at Marathon’s Sombrero Beach. The animal was named after the commercial fishing boat whose crew rescued the reptile in September 2017.

    Shortly after the September rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Marathon transported Booga to the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. After treatment, hospital officials said Booga was doing extremely well and is expected to survive and breed.

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