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Non-native olive ridley sea turtle released off Key West

Posted at 4:23 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 16:32:41-04

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KEY WEST, Fla.--Harry the sea turtle was released off Key West's Higgs Beach Thursday.

Harry is one of only six olive ridley sea turtles to ever be documented in Florida waters.

The turtle was rescued by boaters after being trapped in a fishing net.

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Harry was transported to the Florida Keys-based The Turtle Hospital and treated for entanglement injuries on all four flippers.

Experts say olive ridleys are the most common sea turtle in the world, but are not common to Florida.

Before Harry's release he was fitted with a small satellite transmitter tag so marine biologists can track his movements.