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A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff

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A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff

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  • A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff
  • A 500 pound plus Leatherback Turtle which came ashore uncharacteristically on a Naples beach on Monday made an appearance on Big Hickory Island in Bonita Springs Tuesday and was rescued by the Lee County Department of Natural Resources marine division and Turtle Time.  The turtle will be driven to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota for evaluation and rehabilitation if needed. David Albers/Staff
  • A 500 pound plus Leatherback Turtle which came ashore uncharacteristically on a Naples beach on Monday made an appearance on Big Hickory Island in Bonita Springs Tuesday and was rescued by the Lee County Department of Natural Resources marine division and Turtle Time. The turtle will be driven to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota for evaluation and rehabilitation if needed. David Albers/Staff
  • A 500 pound plus Leatherback Turtle which came ashore uncharacteristically on a Naples beach on Monday made an appearance on Big Hickory Island in Bonita Springs Tuesday and was rescued by the Lee County Department of Natural Resources marine division and Turtle Time.  The turtle will be driven to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota for evaluation and rehabilitation if needed. David Albers/Staff
  • A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff
  • A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff
  • A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff
  • A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff
  • A leatherback sea turtle that beached herself Monday at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is prepared to be transported for rehabilitation after beaching herself again on Big Hickory Island on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 in Bonita Springs. The turtle was discovered by Pelican Landing employees patrolling the beaches of Big Hickory Island. The 600-700 lb. animal was transported to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. David Albers/Staff

A rare for this region Leatherback Turtle which appeared on a Naples Beach Monday has reappeared on Big Hickory Island before being rescued by the Lee County Department of Natural Resources marine division and Turtle Time.

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