Morning smile: Rescued 655-pound, endangered sea turtle released off Cape Cod

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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 12:00 am

HARWICHPORT, Mass. -- The New England Aquarium in Boston said it has released a 7-foot-long, 655-pound leatherback sea turtle back into waters off Cape Cod after it was treated for dehydration, trauma and shock.

The male turtle was found stranded near the tip of the cape Thursday. Officials said it was underweight and lethargic, and a large portion of its left front flipper was missing because of some kind of trauma.

Aquarium officials said they released the turtle Saturday after it regained its strength.

Leatherback sea turtles are endangered and the largest reptile in the world.

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