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Hail Caesar: rescued turtle battles back to health

By Staff Reporter

A rare turtle rescued from the coast of Co Donegal is showing encouraging signs of recovery at a seal sanctuary in Co Down.

The young loggerhead was found by a father and daughter earlier this month.

The family named it Julius Caesar, because they thought it was a fighter, and staff at Exploris Aquarium are now calling it JC for short. It is believed the animal got lost and was carried hundreds of miles by the Gulf Stream from the mid-Atlantic to the west coast of Ireland.

The seal rescue team made a the trip to Donegal from their Portaferry base last week to pick up the turtle, who was at that stage critically ill from the cold Atlantic and in need of round-the-clock care.

A week on and the loggerhead is showing positive signs of recovery, a spokeswoman for Exploris said.

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