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Rehabilitated sea turtle released back into Gulf

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Courtesy: LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Courtesy: LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries

New Orleans, La. - A badly injured and endangered sea turtle made a triumphant return to the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.

Workers with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries joined with a team from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas to rehabilitate the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle.

It was suffering from several head injuries, including damage to the right eye and the upper and lower jaw, when a boater found the turtle on July 2nd.

The rehabilitation team affectionately nicknamed the turtle "Jaws."

With its recovery complete, biologists released "Jaws" offshore, just south of Marsh Island.

Kemp's Ridley' are considered the smallest sea turtles, usually weighing between 80 to 100 pounds when fully matured.

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