KIAWAH ISLAND - Nobody was sure Amelia would live. But the green sea turtle made its way back to the Atlantic on Friday.
The 10-pound juvenile was released at Kiawah Island. The turtle was found in a Hilton Head Island marsh in January, barely breathing and near death. It was brought to the South Carolina Aquarium, whose rescue staff said they would do what they could and hope for the best. Cold-stunning is a sea turtle condition like hypothermia; it occurs when water temperature drops too suddenly for the turtle to escape to deeper water. The turtle becomes lethargic and dies.
The green is one of seven sea turtle species worldwide; each is considered endangered or threatened. The aquarium has now successfully treated and released 135 injured or diseased sea turtles since its rescue program started in 2000.
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