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Tibetan monks help release sea turtle in Florida Keys

Posted: 6:16 AM, Jan 31, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-31 06:16:46-05
Visiting Tibetan monks helped release a rehabilitated sea turtle in the Florida Keys.

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) - Visiting Tibetan monks helped release a rehabilitated sea turtle in the Florida Keys. Hundreds of spectators witnessed the release of “Drifter,” a 170-pound female adult loggerhead sea turtle Thursday.

She was rehabilitated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being found floating offshore of the Lower Keys last November.

The monks, from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India, have been visiting the Keys for the last week.

“Drifter” was released into the Atlantic Ocean off an Islamorada resort after an hour-long ceremony performed by the monks, each an ordained student of the Dalai Lama.

Ritual chants aspired that the turtle and other animals enjoy long lives.