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BRIEF: Sea turtle released last week is back at Va. aquarium

July 7, 2014

By Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot

July 08--VIRGINIA BEACH -- A Kemps ridley sea turtle released last Wednesday had to return to the Virginia Aquarium Marine Animal Care Center Saturday after being hooked at the Norfolk Naval Station recreational fishing pier.

Named "Voldemort" by the stranding response team, the turtle had to have a hook surgically removed from deep in his throat, a news release from the aquarium said. Two other turtles rescued this weekend had to have similar surgeries at the Beach Pet Hospital. All were expected to make a full recovery.

This year, the stranding team is naming rescued sea turtles with the theme of heroes and villains. In the Harry Potter series of novels and movies Voldemort is the enemy of the title character.

Voldemort, the sea turtle, was released last week after a short term stay at the aquarium. He had a superficial injury when he was hooked at Buckroe Fishing Pier in Hampton. The news release didn't indicate how long it might take for the turtle to recover from its latest injury.


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