The juvenile endangered green sea turtle washed up emaciated in Flagler County, and spent time in Volusia, Palm Beach and Sarasota counties before winding upon the Space Coast.
"That turtle's seen all of Florida," said Roger Pszonowsky, who released Scuttle on Friday at Pelican Beach Park, in front of a crowd of about 150.
Pszonowsky is the chairman of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, a nonprofit group based in Indialantic that rescues and releases turtles.
Scuttle had originally stranded in Flagler County on April 17 and was sent to the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Volusia County for rehabilitation. The turtle was thin, sickly and had stopped swimming.
On July 19, after the turtle developed tumors from a viral disease called fibropapilloma, it was transferred to the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
There, Scuttle underwent surgery to remove the tumors and had further rehabilitation.
The 1.2-foot-long turtle grew from about 11 pounds to almost 20 pounds.
"He was supposed to be a quite frisky turtle and he wasn't," Pszonowsky said of Scuttle's reaction to newfound freedom.
But a half minute after being set in surf, the turtle began flapping its flippers. "Then he took right off."