JUNO BEACH, Fla. - The largest loggerhead sea turtle to ever receive care at Loggerhead Marinelife Center was released back into the ocean Wednesday morning.
"Big Mama," a 352 pound, female loggerhead sea turtle was discovered last week in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. Officials say she sustained an injury of unknown origin which left a minor wound in her carapace. She was then transported to Loggerhead Marinelife Center where she remained for further evaluation.
The center's rehabilitation staff did an ultrasound, which revealed the turtle had eggs. Officials think she may have just nested. There weren't many formed eggs – mostly egg follicles.
"Big Mama," made a full recovery and was released back into the water at Juno Beach. Surrounded by hundreds of fans, "Big Mama," was quickly dropped off at the beach by volunteers and nervously swam back into the Ocean.
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