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Sea Turtle Released Overshadowed By Thief


Meet Tampa Red.

Flapping those flippers is a good sign she's healthy.

Her name comes from where she was nursed back to health -Tampa...

And red - for the red tide almost killed her.

Now it's time to send her back into the gulf.

Spectators dreaming big for her return to the gulf.

Volunteers hoping she'll have a family of her own.

We should know where she ends up, thanks to this transmitter glued onto her shell.

"It should stay on for a couple years,” Dan Evans said. He’s with the sea turtle conservancy.

“As she grows...the parts of her shell grow and fall off, the transmitter will eventually fall off."

But Tampa Red's moment in the spotlight was quickly eclipsed when a masked bandit snuck behind the distracted crowd.

"And he stole my wallet and went into the bushes."

Our videographer's young son coming the rescue after that raccoon apparently decided pink was not its color.

"He dropped it and then i had that little boy go in there and fetch it for me."

Our videographer even snapping a shot of her happily reunited with that wallet.

So while everyone else watched for a glimpse of that turtle as she swam away...

"She’s just doing great. She's jumping up and taking deep breaths..."

Others leave the beach with a newfound respect for wildlife in the water and on land.

"Fun experience. Turtles, raccoons..."


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