See larger Troy Frensley readies a loggerhead turtle for transportation to a boat and eventual release Thursday in Gullivan Bay near Goodland. Frensley, education and discovery center manager for the Conservancy of Florida, said the turtle was taken illegally as a hatchling from Sanibel Island in 2005 and taken to Minnesota as a pet. It was subsequently turned into the Conservancy by air in first class, Frensley, and used as an ambassador in the discovery center before growing big enough to be release. The turtle has two tags, as well as a microchip tag for future monitoring.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Troy Frensley readies a loggerhead turtle for transportation to a boat and eventual release Thursday in Gullivan Bay near Goodland. Frensley, education and discovery center manager for the Conservancy of Florida, said the turtle was taken illegally as a hatchling from Sanibel Island in 2005 and taken to Minnesota as a pet. It was subsequently turned into the Conservancy by air in first class, Frensley, and used as an ambassador in the discovery center before growing big enough to be release. The turtle has two tags, as well as a microchip tag for future monitoring.

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