A 655-pound, 7-feet long giant leatherback sea turtle, also described as “like a swimming dinosaur” was released off Cape Cod by New England Aquarium on Saturday after treating the endangered specie to stabilize its blood values and oxygen levels.
|"Swimming Dinosaur": 655-pound leatherback turtle released off Cape Cod|
The giant turtle was caught stranded in Pamet Harbor, near the town of Truro, Mass., on Thursday. Experts at the New England Aquarium say the male turtle was underweight and lethargic, and a large portion of its left front flipper was missing because of some kind of mysterious underwater accident.
The rescue is a rare of its kind and leatherback turtles are open-ocean creature and cannot be kept in captivity. Even at 655 pounds, the turtle is considered underweight in comparison to its fellow leatherbacks, which typically weigh around 1,000 pounds, according to Aquarium expert Tony LaCasse.
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