Turtle recovering after being rescued by fisherman
MARATHON, Fla. (WSVN) -- A fisherman made a reptilian rescue in the Keys.
A young loggerhead turtle nicknamed Charley is now resting and recovering at a turtle hospital in Marathon.
A fisherman found the foot-long loggerhead 22 miles off Grassy Key.
Wildlife rescuers said the turtle appeared in bad shape when he first arrived at the hospital. "There was a fisherman out there fishing the gulf stream and saw this little guy floating," said turtle hospital manager Beth Zirkelback. "He had a ball of goose neck barnacles trailing from him, floating on the surface, so they scooped him up out of the water and gave us a call, where we came with our turtle ambulance and met them at the dock."
A metal ID tag on Charley gave wildlife officials the idea that he traveled via the gulf stream ocean currents ending up some 2,000 miles from his original release point in Colombia.
They plan on releasing him back into the currents once he fully recovers.
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