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Sea turtles released after rehab in keys

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Updated: 2/15 1:47 pm
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) -- A male and female loggerhead sea turtle, rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, have been released off the island chain.

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

Gizmo, a sub-adult turtle, was discovered last October suffering from emaciation and a head wound. The reptile was treated with antibiotics, lactulose, vitamins and honey wound care.

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

The release marked the launch of a cooperative venture between Save-A-Turtle, a ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) - A male and female loggerhead sea turtle, rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, have been released off the island chain.

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

Gizmo, a sub-adult turtle, was discovered last October suffering from emaciation and a head wound. The reptile was treated with antibiotics, lactulose, vitamins and honey wound care.

Kristi, an adult loggerhead, was found entangled in a fishing trap line and received physical therapy on her 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.

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.

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