Rehabilitated green sea turtle released off Florida Keys

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Bette Zirkelbach, left, and Richie Moretti, right, of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, and other people begin to release "Argus," a juvenile green sea turtle, Friday, July 21, 2017, at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Fla. The rehabilitated turtle is one of 20 satellite-tagged reptiles that are to be tracked online during the Tour de Turtles, a three-month race beginning Aug. 1, organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) The Associated Press

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) – A rehabilitated green sea turtle has been fitted with a satellite tracking transmitter and released off the Florida Keys.

The reptile was treated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being entangled in fishing gear.

Argus, as the turtle was known to hospital staff, was released Friday. He will join the Tour de Turtles, a three-month-long race featuring public online monitoring of the forward progress of 20 sea turtles.

The project is organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and the online competition begins Aug. 1.

Tour de Turtles follows the long-distance migration of several different species of sea turtles. The turtle covering the most distance will be declared the winner.

Competitors have been or will be released off Florida’s Atlantic coastline, as well as Panama, Costa Rica, Cuba and Nevis in the Caribbean.

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