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Sea Turtle Rescued From St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal Released Back Into The Ocean

A sea turtle released by Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach Thursday morning has a story that hits close to home. 

The subadult loggerhead, who's been given the name Xander, was found entangled in fishing line last summer and rescued from the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. After nursing Xander back to health, Loggerhead Marinelife Center released the sea turtle out into the ocean on the beach behind its facility.

When Xander was discovered by a group of biologists with Jensen Beach-based Inwater Research Group, both of his rear flippers were wrapped in thick fishing line, leaving him wounded. He arrived at Loggerhead for rehabilitation on July 21, 2015.

Loggerhead treated Xander with antibiotics, antiseptic cleanser, and cold laser therapy. He also underwent orthopedic surgery to repair a fracture in his right rear flipper.

Here's a look at a healthy Xander the sea turtle making his way out to the ocean:

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

(Photos by Melanie Bell)

 

Watch as Xander heads home here:

 

Xander Heads Home!

After nearly 8 months in rehabilitation at LMC, Xander made his successful journey home this morning from Juno Beach, Florida.

Posted by Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Thursday, March 31, 2016