655-Pound Sea Turtle Rescued

HARWICHPORT, Mass. (September 23, 2012)--The New England Aquarium in Boston has released a 7-foot-long, 655-pound leatherback sea turtle back into waters off Cape Cod after the turtle was treated for dehydration, trauma and shock, aquarium officials said.

The turtle was found Thursday stranded near the tip of the cape.

Experts at the aquarium say the male turtle was underweight and lethargic, and a large portion of its left front flipper was missing because of some kind of trauma.

Aquarium officials say the turtle regained its strength, and they released it off Harwichport on Saturday.

Leatherback sea turtles are endangered and the largest reptiles in the world.

Experts treated the turtle using information obtained from research on leatherbacks that were briefly captured over the past few summers off Cape Cod.

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