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Rescued sea turtle to join National Mississippi River Museum

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

On Thursday, a rescued, non-releasable threatened green sea turtle will fly into the Dubuque Regional Airport en route to its new home at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

The juvenile green sea turtle was discovered stranded in July of 2013 on Little Cumberland Island, Ga. and taken to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. There, specialists determined the turtle had suffered from an old fracture to the shell, probably due to a boat strike. The wound had healed, but the turtle's rear flippers are paralyzed.

On its journey of nearly 1,200 miles from Georgia to Dubuque, the turtle will be accompanied by an aquarist from the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

The turtle's travels are being orchestrated by Angel Flight Soars.

The turtle will live in the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium's Gulf of Mexico exhibit, following a month-long quarantine period.

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