Stranded 600-pound sea turtle returns to ocean after rescue

A very large sea turtle swims freely again after a team effort to help the large animal.

The 5-foot-long, 600-pound adult male leatherback turtle was spotted stranded on a mudflat in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Sunday. Rescuers from the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary showed up quickly to prevent the distressed turtle from drifting to a more difficult-to-reach location, local news station WHDH reported.

The organization then partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the New England Aquarium to transport the turtle and provide it with the care it needed.

According to an IFAW statement, this involved moving the big guy in a “heavy” cart typically used for dolphins and small whales.

The big turtle before returning to his seaside home (Photo: CNN)

According to the Cape Cod Times, sea turtle strandings occur in the fall on Cape Cod when temperatures drop and the turtles don’t know how to swim out of Cape Cod Bay to make way for more water. hot.

In this case, the turtle was in relatively good health despite its predicament.

“When working with stranded sea turtles in New England, it’s rare to have a turtle in such good condition,” New England Aquarium researcher Dr. Kara Dodge told CapeCod.com.

Responders moved the turtle to Herring Cove in Provincetown, where he was injected with vitamins and an anti-inflammatory drug before being released. (You can watch the merry event in the video above.) It also got a satellite tag to allow researchers to track its whereabouts in the future.

Dodge added that the turtle had probably just gotten “disoriented” and “we’re optimistic” he’ll be fine.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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