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Sea Turtle Dylan Set Free In The Ocean On Georgia Coast After 9 Years In Captivity

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Nearly ten years old, Dylan weighs 150
pounds -- and experts say she's ready to make her own way in the
world.
Dylan is a loggerhead sea turtle.
She was found as a hatchling on the beach of Georgia's Jekyll
Island in 1998. She has grown up at nature centers, the Georgia
Aquarium and finally the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on the Island.
Today, caretakers brought her to within 10 feet of the water,
then watched as she scooted herself in. It took a little prodding
from the turtle center's chief veterinarian, but she eventually
headed out to sea.
Until now, the biggest challenge had been teaching Dylan to feed
herself. Veterinarian Terry Norton says she was afraid of eating
live blue crabs, until she got used to cracking the shells of
frozen ones.
She's not expected back until she's ready to lay eggs in about
20 years.
Loggerheads are classified as a threatened species, while seven
other varieties of sea turtles are endangered.


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