July 17, 2015 9:35 pm
Updated: July 17, 2015 10:34 pm

Rehabilitated sea turtle in ‘Tour de Turtles’ to be tracked with satellites

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WATCH: A rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle that spent about four months at a turtle hospital was fitted with a satellite-tracking transmitter and released today off the Florida Keys.

MARATHON, Fla. – A rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle that convalesced about four months at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital has been fitted with a satellite-tracking transmitter and released.

Aaron crawled into the Atlantic Ocean at Sombrero Beach Friday and is the only rehabilitated turtle of 12 that is part of the Tour de Turtles created by the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Beginning Aug. 2, the education and awareness program will track the reptiles for three months. Turtles will be followed after their releases in Panama, Costa Rica, the West Indies and Florida. The turtle covering the most distance is declared the winner.

Aaron was discovered floating in a Key Largo boat basin in March. It was treated for an intestinal impaction and parasites in its digestive system.

WATCH: GoPro camera strapped to turtle’s back offers unique view of Great Barrier Reef

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