Turtle Takes Part in Navy Training Mission

After being rescued in Oregon the green sea turtle was flown to SeaWorld

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012  |  Updated 4:41 PM PDT
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SeaWorld animal care specialists help Koa, the green sea turtle, recover.

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A green sea turtle landed at Naval Base Coronado Tuesday after not only taking part in a military training mission, but also getting a second chance at life.

Koa, the 160-pound green sea turtle was rescued in June off the coast of Oregon in a nearly comatose state. Koa was dehydrated and cold-stunned with injuries to his shell.

Over the past several weeks, Koa was nursed back to health and flown to San Diego in a C-2 "Greyhound" aircraft as part of a training mission by the Navy transport squadron VRC-30.

The rest of his recovery will take place in San Diego, where he will be treated by SeaWorld animal care specialists and then released into the warm southern California waters next July.

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