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Wildlife rehabilitators released a 44-pound endangered loggerhead sea turtle back into the wild off the coast of Cape Cod on July 27, the New England Aquarium said.
Adobo, who was rehabilitated “for several months” at the Sea Turtle Hospital in nearby Quincy, swam into the water on Wednesday morning equipped with an external satellite tag and internal acoustic device that will allow the aquarium to continue to monitor his movements, the New England Aquarium said in a press release.
The endangered loggerhead turtle can live up to 80 years and reach a length of 49 inches in the wild, according to the aquarium. The aquarium said it had provided medical care for more than 500 turtles in the past season, working with Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, National Marine Life Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, and Turtles Fly Too to save the animals.
Loggerhead sea turtles like Adobo can be expected to migrate through littoral waters around the US or as far as south as Cuba and Mexico.
Photos and video from the New England Aquarium showed the turtle, tracking device on board, making his way to the water and then swimming freely. Credit: New England Aquarium via Storyful