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Loggerhead Turtles Released Back Into Wild By Florida Marine Life Center

28/08/2015 12:21 BST | Updated 28/08/2015 12:59 BST

Biologists at the Loggerhead Marine life Center in south Florida have captured the beautiful moment that two sea turtles made their return to the ocean.

Bowden, an adult male, was found underweight and weak with barnacles covering his shell, while Lucie, a young adult female, had her stomach torn by a fish hook she had swallowed.

After intensive medical treatment the pair - now in good health - were ready to head back into the wild.

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Bowden climbed his way back into the ocean

Bowden has been fitted with a tracking device and his future journey can be followed online.

The GPS satellite linked transmitter will allow LMC biologists to track the turtle's movements.

The data collected during his journey will be transmitted back to us via ARGOS Satellites when the turtle surfaces to breathe.

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The largest of all hard-shelled turtles, loggerheads have massive heads, strong jaws, and a reddish-brown shell, or carapace.

Worldwide population numbers are unknown, although scientists studying nesting populations have seen decreases despite endangered species protections.