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Sea turtles released in the Keys

Marine life artist Wyland, left, and Richie Moretti, director of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital,  release loggerhead sea turtles “Kristi,” left, and “Gizmo” off the Keys, on Friday.

Florida Keys News Bureau

Marine life artist Wyland, left, and Richie Moretti, director of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, release loggerhead sea turtles “Kristi,” left, and “Gizmo” off the Keys, on Friday.

ISLAMORADA — Two loggerhead sea turtles rehabilitated in the Florida Keys have been released back into the wild.

"Gizmo" and "Kristi" swam into the water simultaneously Friday with many of the roughly 200 spectators playfully shouting Valentine's Day wishes.

Gizmo was discovered last October suffering from emaciation and a head wound. It was treated at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon with antibiotics, lactulose, vitamins and honey wound care.

Kristi was found entangled in a fishing trap line and received physical therapy on a back flipper as well as antibiotics and vitamins.

The release marked the launch of a cooperative venture between Save-A-Turtle, a Keys-based turtle protection organization, and the Wyland Foundation.

Marine life artist Wyland created exclusive artwork that is being integrated in Save-A-Turtle's fundraising efforts.

Sea turtles released in the Keys 02/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 15, 2014 9:17pm]

    

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