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Leona enjoying life in The Canary Islands

Leon the Loggerhead Turtle pictured on Seafield Beach. Image Pat Flynn

Leon the Loggerhead Turtle pictured on Seafield Beach. Image Pat Flynn

Almost six months on from her return to the wild, Leona the Loggerhead Turtle is alive and well and enjoying life in the warm waters of The Canary Islands.

The turtle was returned to the sea at Gran Canaria in early December just over a year after she was discovered in a comatosed state by Lorna King at Seafield, near Quilty in County Clare.

Leona spent more than 12 months recuperating in Galway thanks to the efforts of the staff of Galway Atlantiquarium and Galway County Council vet Rita Gately.

A GPS tracker was attached to the sea turtle before her release. The tracker shows that on Monday Leona was in the water off Santa Cruz de la Palma.

Leona even has her own Twitter account where people can follow her progress.

Leona was named after the French ship, The Leon, which was driven up on to rocks in Quilty Bay in 1907.

Leona's current location

Leona’s current location

Leona, boxed up and on her way to Dublin Airport in December 2014

Leona, boxed up and on her way to Dublin Airport in December 2014

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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