Sea Life aquarium welcomes injured turtle

- A sea turtle that is on the endangered species list has made her way across the country to live here in Phoenix. It's all part of a rehabilitation program for Sea Life Aquarium.

It was a long trip for her, but this little sea turtle made it from Georgia all the way to Tempe at the Sea Life Aquarium.

"She's a rehab turtle, and she's deemed non-releasable into the wild, so her permanent home will be here with us at Sea Life Arizona," said Kassie Harrold.

Kassie Harrold is an aquarist at Sea Life Arizona who helped bring the turtle home.

"She got to sit right next to us on the plane with SouthWest, and she did great on the flight," said Harrold.

The sea turtle was injured in Georgia when a boat hit her; she now has a weight glued to her shell to help her swim.

"When their shell heals over, that injury gives them an air pocket in their shell, and that makes it so they can't dive in the water, so the weight is necessary for her to be able to swim," said Harrold.

That way the 2-year-old turtle who weighs only six pounds can get plenty of food.

The weight on her back is removable, and experts say they can add additional weight or take some away as she grows.

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