Lizzy, the giant leatherback sea turtle, heading back to open waters

Rescue effort: Leatherback turtle returns

Turtle came ashore in Collier on Monday, ...

Leatherback turtle comes ashore

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There are plans to release the leatherback sea turtle today.

Blood tests have not shown any particular illness that the animal is suffering from, according to Mote Marine Laboratory.

Officials plan to release the turtle more than 20 miles offshore from Southwest Florida's coast.

It's possible Lizzy -- the nickname given to the turtle -- was trying to nest when she was discovered on the beach, Mote Marine Laboratory said in a prepared statement.

"That would be a very unusual behavior at this time of year, but reports about the way the turtle was acting on the beach sound as if she could have been performing nesting behaviors," Stamper said in a prepared statement.

"We think at this point — since she's not showing signs of infection or severe injuries — that the best course of action for her own well being is to release her."

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