9 Sea Turtles to Reunite With the Ocean Thursday

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9 Sea Turtles to Reunite With the Ocean Thursday

“I thought this was incredible, to get to see them go back to their homes. I think they’re going to make it.” DESTIN — Terra Throgmorton held a slippery green sea turtle, Solo, in her hands. It's Thursday morning, and they're headed towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Solo is one of 9 turtles reported to be released into the Gulf of Mexico.

The young turtle, which spent the last few weeks at the Gulfarium’s CARE center being rehabilitated after she was discovered cold stunned in Choctawhatchee Bay, was finally going to go home. Throgmorton, a senior level aquarist at the Gulfarium who had played an indisposable part in Solo’s rehabilitation, was ready to set her free.

The excitement was strong, not just from Solo’s constantly flapping flippers the closer she got to the Gulf, but also from the cheers of the dozens of people gathered to watch her be released.

But when Throgmorton finally sunk in at the water’s edge and let Solo free, it appeared the majestic turtle wasn’t quite ready to return home just yet.

“Go free, Solo!” a woman in the crowd screamed, but Solo turned around and swam back toward Throgmorton. Almost as if to say thank you.

After a few more moments, Solo the sea turtle turned back around and swam away, heading to her home in deep Gulf waters. The crowd erupted in cheers and Throgmorton smiled and waved goodbye.

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