Another loggerhead sea turtle has returned home into the ocean, thanks to Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
Cici, a not-yet-adult sea turtle who was stranded at Coral Cove Park in Tequesta back in November, was released Wednesday morning on the beach behind the Juno Beach facility. More than 800 people came out to witness the occasion.
When she was rescued three months ago, Cici was taken to Jupiter Medical Center, where a CT scan showed she had a condition called pneumocoelom. Gas pockets had built up inside her body, likely after a ruptured lung, researchers believe.
With this condition, turtles can become too buoyant, floating on the water’s surface but unable to dive down and find food. Ultimately, specialists were able to withdraw six liters of air from the sea creature, and Cici has been nursed back to health.
Take a look at the heartwarming photos of Cici’s release, below:
(Photos courtesy Facebook/Loggerhead Marinelife Center)