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Booga is back: Turtle released off Florida Keys after rehab

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Turtle Hospital staffers Bette Zirkelbach and Richie Moretti, front left and right respectively, and other volunteers, help guide a tub containing Booga, a 125-pound loggerhead sea turtle to be released off the Florida Keys Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Fla. The turtle was discovered by a commercial fisherman inv late September 2017, entangled in a lobster trap line. It was transported to the Turtle Hospital for surgery to removed a damaged right rear flipper and subsequent recovery. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

MARATHON, Fla. — A young loggerhead sea turtle rescued from a fishing trap line has been returned to her ocean home off the Florida Keys.

Booga, named after the commercial fishing boat whose crew rescued the 125-pound (57-kilo) reptile in late September, was released Saturday at Marathon’s Sombrero Beach as hundreds of Keys residents and visitors watched.

The crew found the turtle tangled in a fishing trap line.

Booga’s right rear flipper was amputated due to the severe entanglement injury. Additional treatment included broad-spectrum antibiotics, vitamins, laser treatment, physical therapy and a healthy diet of squid and lettuce.

Turtle Hospital officials said that even with the missing flipper, Booga has excellent chances to survive and breed.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Turtle Hospital manager Bette Zirkelbach, right, waves goodbye to Booga, a 125-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was released off the Florida Keys Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Fla. The turtle was discovered by a commercial fisherman in late September 2017, entangled in a lobster trap line. It was transported to the Turtle Hospital for surgery to removed a damaged right rear flipper and subsequent recovery. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

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