Tough Sea Turtle Returned to Ocean off Florida Keys

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Chuck Norris, the tough sea turtle, is swimming off the Florida Keys.

The sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle was released Monday evening.


It had been rescued in March off the Lower Keys by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers after it suffered a severe boat strike.

Officers who transported the turtle to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon told staff there “to pick the toughest-sounding name” they could, because the reptile had a lot to overcome to get better.

Chuck Norris was fitted with orthopedic plates to stabilize its shell.

Additional treatment included broad-spectrum antibiotics, vitamins, lactulose and a diet of squid and fish.