Green sea turtle once near death will be returned to San Diego Bay
Bruce -- a member of a species considered threatened -- was found by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials in the bay's southern reach near Chula Vista and rushed to Sea World San Diego. The creature was dehydrated, with a crack on his underside, and severely underweight.
At Sea World, he's been treated with antibiotics, pain medication and rehydration fluids. He's gained 50 pounds, to a robust 300, and is finally considered strong enough to return to his natural environment.
The jumbo-size reptile has been outfitted with an acoustic transmitter to allow scientists to track his movements.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Bruce, the Pacific green sea turtle. Credit: Sea World San Diego