Rescued Sea Turtle Returns to Ocean After Months of Care at Florida Rehab Center

A male loggerhead sea turtle named Connor was released back into the Gulf of Mexico on January 12 following months of recovery at Sarasota’s Mote Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital.

According to a press release, Connor had been in the hospital’s care since September after suffering from lethargy and multiple areas of skin erosion.

Connor is seen in this footage taken by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium at at Longboat Key as he headed back into the waves, while wearing a satellite tag that allows scientists to track his whereabouts. Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium via Storyful