Boy Scouts Help Release Rehabilitated Turtle (Video)

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"Bubbles," a subadult loggerhead sea turtle, is released off Marathon, Fla., Saturday, June 11, 2016, with the help of Boy Scouts and staff members from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. "Bubbles," a 150-pound female, was discovered by several Boy Scouts off Scout Key in the lower Florida Keys March 15, 2016, floating and unable to submerge. She was transported to the Turtle Hospital and treated for an intestinal impaction. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

“Bubbles,” a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle was 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.

“I’m so proud to be a Boy Scout and be part of the organization that was able to rescue this animal and to be able to see it go back into the wild,” said Drew Van Chau.

The Turtle Hospital has been caring for injured sea turtles for almost 30 years. Hospital officials said that about 2,000 turtles have been treated and release.

“The last part, watching that turtle go, makes me feel great,” said Richie Moretti, hospital founder and director. “It’s been making me feel great for 30 years.”

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