Byline: Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Pacific green sea turtle has been released into San Diego Bay after being nursed back to health at SeaWorld from life-threatening gunshot wounds.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the 300-pound turtle quickly disappeared after being released from a boat Oct. 25, and he is expected to stay in the bay.
When he was found in January, the turtle, named “Bruce” by rescuers, was in bad shape. Bruce had suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, was dehydrated, had a crack on his underside and was severely underweight.
At SeaWorld over the past 10 months, Bruce has gained 50 pounds while receiving antibiotics, pain medication and fluids.
Pacific green sea turtles are a threatened species. Bruce has been outfitted with a transmitter, so that scientists can track his future whereabouts.