Gulf World Marine Institute releases sea turtle back into the Gulf

Gulf World Marine Institute released "Bean" back into the Gulf.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A loggerhead sea turtle returned to the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning.

Gulf World Marine Institute released Bean, who was rescued from the pass into St. Andrews Bay on May 30 after boaters noticed the turtle was unable to dive properly.

The veterinary team discovered one of Bean's lungs was collapsed and air in his body cavity was causing his buoyancy problems. After a few months of treatment, Bean was cleared ready to be released back into the wild.

"It's great to have the public out here for the releases because we want to use every available opportunity to educate the public on why we do what we do, what it is that we are doing, what they can do to help us," said Lauren Albrittain, Stranding Coordinator for Gulf World Marine Institute.

Officials say to call Gulf World Marine Institute if you see a stranded sea turtle or marine animal.

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