Loggerhead turtle released after 4 months of rehabilitation

(WESH) A loggerhead turtle is back in its native habitat after being found sick and later rehabilitated for four months in Central Florida.

The turtle, named Monroe, washed in with a barnacle on her beak and was found struggling in the surf.

As luck would have it, she was right next to Ponce Inlet's Marine Science Center where they specialize in rehabilitating sick and injured animals.

"She was very dehydrated, malnourished, anemic.  She'd been fighting something out there a long time that had her really behind the curve, " said one turtle expert.

But Monroe is all curves now after putting on 20 pounds and staving off illness.

Her now strong flippers were flopping all over the sand as she lumbered to the sea.

But with a wave from her fans and a wave from Mother Nature, Monroe was gone to rejoin her kind.