BOCA RATON — His name is “Five-Oh,” after the 1970s cop show “Hawaii Five-O,” and when Boca Raton police rescued the injured sea turtle, there was worry he wouldn’t survive.
That was one year ago. But on March 9, dozens of residents and members of Boca Raton Police Department watched the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center released the rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle into the ocean at Spanish River Park.
The wounded turtle was first found “near-death” with two considerable fractures in his shell in the Spanish River Boulevard canal behind a home, Gumbo Limbo rehabilitation specialists said. Five-Oh had been struck by a boat propeller.
Residents called Boca Raton police, which rescued the turtle and applied pressure to its wounds before employees from city-run Gumbo Limbo took him in.
The juvenile loggerhead underwent extensive surgery and recovered at Gumbo Limbo until last week.
Several spectators crowded the shore at Spanish River Park last week to watch the now-healthy Five-Oh waddle to open waters. He was fitted with a tracking device, typically done with sea turtles released by Gumbo Limbo to monitor their movement.
Read more about Five-Oh’s heroic rescue and recovery here: Sea turtle’s heroic recovery after boat mangled fin, bone, shell