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Dylan in 1997, soon after she came to live at the Jekyll Island 4-H center.

Photo by: Jekyll 4-H Center

About 300 people turned out at Jekyll Island beach this summer to send a rescued loggerhead turtle back to her natural habitat.

Now 150 pounds, Dylan reenters the Atlantic Ocean 10 years after being rescued from Jekyll Island beach. Photo by Sharon Omahen

“Dylan” was one of two loggerhead hatchlings found trapped in their nest on the beach in 1997. She and “Bob,” who was released into the ocean in 2005, were taken to the Jekyll Island 4-H Center, where they spent the next seven years. Dylan was at the Georgia Aquarium for two years before returning to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll in May 2007. Between then and this summer, she was prepared for her release. She learned not to be afraid of blue crabs, and in fact to consider them her prey, along with horseshoe crabs and whelks.

The Jekyll 4-H center planned a special weekend to mark her release. As the crowd on the beach chanted, “Go Dylan, go,” she quickly waddled into the surf. She is expected to return to land in 20 years, when it will be time for her to lay her own eggs.

To track Dylan’s progress, go to http://gstc.blogspot.com/2008/06/track-dylan.html.