NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Audubon Nature Institute says a young green sea turtle rescued by a fisherman has been rehabilitated and released in the Gulf of Mexico, with help from the Coast Guard.
Stranding coordinator Gabriella Vazquez said Tuesday the turtle dubbed “Peanut” was sluggish and dehydrated when it was brought to the Species Survival Center in New Orleans on May 30.
In comments relayed by institute spokeswoman Katie Smith, Vazquez says it was released last Wednesday, about 15 miles from Venice. Vazquez says she and the Coast Guard crew searched for about an hour before finding a mat of the sargassum seaweed where young turtles hide and find the small animals they eat.
Green sea turtles can grow to more than 300 pounds, but this one weighed less than two pounds.
This story has been corrected to show organization’s name is Audubon Nature Institute, not Audubon Nature Center. Will be updated.
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