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GALVESTON After nearly a year of rehabilitation at the NOAA Galveston Laboratory Sea Turtle Facility, a severely injured female Kemps Ridley sea turtle was returned to the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

The turtle was discovered on Memorial Day 2011, when it could not nest due to injuries. Her shell was severely damaged, likely from an impact with a boat propeller, and she was weak from blood loss. Houston Zoo staff gave her fluids and other care and aided in her recovery for nearly a year.

Although a portion of the turtles shell is still missing, she is again able to swim, nest and lay eggs.

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