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Endangered sea turtle released back into natural habitat

(Source: GSU) (Source: GSU)
JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

After five weeks of recuperation, a four-year-old sea turtle named Catherine, attracted crowds of more than 250 people as she was released back into her natural habitat Friday.

Catherine had been in the care of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. She was found in August and turned over to researchers after fisherman noticed she swallowed a hook and needed surgery.

"Georgia Southern University has the longest running sea turtle program on the coast of Georgia. It started in 1988. When we first started conserving sea turtles in the late 80's, we were having less than 80 nests a year laid. This year, sea turtles shattered the record by laying 209 nests,” said Jaynie Gaskin, GSU Sea Turtle Program, St. Catherine’s Island.

GSU and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center knows there are many barriers ahead for Catherine and said after the time spent helping her recover, her release is bittersweet.

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