Gumbo Limbo Releases Juvenile Green Turtle Back Into Ocean

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Staff report

Crowds gathered to witness a rehabilitated juvenile green turtle named Fawkes head back home at Spanish River beach in Boca Raton.

The turtle was found in the Intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale and was then brought to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton where officials discovered the 15-pound-animal had an old boat injury, which caused an infection.

They estimate Fawkes to be between 3 and 5 years old. They said the infection caused the turtle to float too much meaning it couldn’t go down in the water enough to get food to eat.

Fawkes spent two months at Gumbo Limbo receiving antibiotics and recuperating and was released back into the water on Oct. 30.

Gumbo Limbo staffed named the turtle Fawkes after the phoenix in the Harry Potter series.