- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - An injured loggerhead turtle found several months ago on a Southeast Texas beach has improved enough to be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Galveston County Daily News (https://bit.ly/1qDOMy6 ) reports the endangered 100-pound turtle was put back into the water Friday afternoon.

The reptile was found in April floundering in the surf. Lifeguards with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol recovered the emaciated creature, which also had shell damage.

Ben Higgins with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s sea turtle program says experts at the Galveston facility nursed the animal back to health.

Higgins says the creature was one of several rehabilitated loggerheads expected to be released back into the wild in the next couple months.



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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, https://www.galvnews.com

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