World Traveling Turtle

December 27, 2011 - 4:45 PM
This photo provided by Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla, shows medical coordinator Lynne Byrd, left, and Dr. Tony Tucker, manager of Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research, before releasing a kemp ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011, on Lido Key, Fla. The turtle named "Johnny Vasco de Gama" is on the final leg of a 4,600-mile, three-year journey. Johnny was found stranded in the Netherlands in 2008. He was then flown to Portugal, where he spent years in rehab. Then he flew to Florida, where he was fitted with a tracking transmitter. (AP Photo/Mote Marine Laboratory)