CLEARWATER, Fla — The Clearwater Marine Aquarium released its largest rescued sea turtle ever Tuesday afternoon. 

The 225-pound endangered loggerhead sea turtle was affectionately named Kirby by aquarium staff.

Kirby was rescued after he was found floating near Indian Rocks Beach on Jan. 29. He was found with a T-shaped wound on his head along with several barnacle and algae on his hard upper shell. 

Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff rescue 'Kirby,' 225-pound loggerhead sea turtle
Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Aquarium staff also discovered he has a buoyancy issue due to a GI tract problem. 

He was rehabilitated with fluids, vitamins and antibiotics. A little more than three months later, he has been deemed healthy and was able to go back home.

The staff put a satellite tag on his shell to track his movements and get further research on loggerheads' migration and foraging behavior. The aquarium also says you can track his journey and movements in the ocean on their website

“Kirby’s release is both rewarding and emotional for our team members who have worked hard for months on his rehabilitation,” David Yates, CEO of CMA, said. “Seeing a rescued animal return home to the ocean where they belong is one of the best parts of our job.”

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