ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- A Kemp's ridley sea turtle is being released back into the ocean four months after being stranded in central Florida.
The juvenile turtle known as Crimson was weak, underweight, hypothermic and hypoglycemic when he was found on a St. Augustine beach in March. Rescuers said he may have been stranded because of cold water temperatures.
Kemp's ridley turtles are one of the most endangered species of sea turtle. They spend most of their time in the Gulf of Mexico, but do travel along the Atlantic coast and often strand when they are caught too far north when the water temperatures drop too quickly for them to adjust.
Crimson gained 2.2 pounds while he was being rehabilitated. He was slated to be released Friday in Palm Coast.