150-pound turtle rescued, released off Florida Keys
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) – A rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle named “Bubbles” has been released off the Florida Keys.
Saturday, some 200 spectators watched as several Boy Scouts and staff from The Turtle Hospital carried the 150-pound sub-adult female to the Atlantic Ocean.
“Bubbles” was discovered floating off Scout Key in the Lower Keys by several Boy Scouts March 15. It was transported to the Turtle Hospital in nearby Marathon and treated for an intestinal impaction with antibiotics, lactulose and a diet of fish and squid.
The facility has been caring for injured sea turtles for almost 30 years. Hospital officials said that about 2,000 turtles have been treated and release.