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Injured green turtle released after recovery

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On Wednesday, conservation officials released an endangered green sea turtle back into the wild after a year of recovery from a deadly wound.

Flapping its fins, McCutie, a green sea turtle, couldn’t wait to swim back home.

For the past 10 months, McCutie was in the care of Sara Hamilton, the curator at Underwater World.

Last Christmas, a resident found the helpless turtle bleeding on a beach in Agat under a pile of leaves.

A spear came close to piercing the turtle’s brain.

“When she came in. she had a spear wound in the head, also one to the side, and she appeared to have some damage on the eye,” Hamilton said. “Luckily, the eye damage was superficial and she recovered quickly but the wounds took more time to heal”

The attack could've ended tragically. But slowly, McCutie made a full recovery.

Wednesday morning conservation officers looked on as officials from the Department of Agriculture and biologists released the turtle back into the wild.

It was a special moment for vet care taker Dr. Genevieve Weaver.

“It was just exciting," she said. “I love seeing her go, to coming in thinking, oh she may not make it, and to taking off it was awesome.”

The team hoping to educate the public about preservation efforts.

“Green sea turtles come they use the island some for nesting but also it's an important foraging site,” Hamilton said. “So it's always really important for us to watch out if we see them nesting on the beach to leave them alone, but we also want to be mindful of the trash that we're disposing so we're not putting it out in our ocean.”

If you spot a turtle along the beach, especially if it looks injured, you're advised to not pick it up and instead call the Department of Agriculture or the Guam Police Department's non emergency telephone line at 472-8911.

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