Sea turtle released by Gulf World Marine Institute

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf World Marine Institute released Chester the sea turtle Thursday morning.

Chester the sea turtle released. (WJHG/WECP)

Chester is a loggerhead sea turtle first brought to Gulf World Marine Institute after he was accidentally hooked.

When Chester was brought in, they found two hooks attached. One was easily removed, the other required surgery.

Chester went through the surgery and a round of antibiotics successfully in just a couple of months.

Being able to release Chester is a highlight to Gulf World employees and also helps educate the public.

Lauren Albrittain, the Stranding Coordinator with Gulf World Marine Institute said, "Honestly seeing a turtle get released is probably the best part of the job. This is why we are here, this is why we do what we do. That is why it is important that everybody else understands what our mission is, and it's just great to be able to educate people, to see them out here enjoying the animals as much as we are and yeah, we just hope to never see him again."

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