Leona the Loggerhead turtle who was discovered with severe injuries on a County Clare beach in 2013 is now thriving in the seas between The Canary Islands and The Azores.
A GPS tracking device, provided by Celestial Green Ventures, was attached to the turtle ahead of its release back into the wild has been attached, allowing everyone to keep up to date with Leona’s journey home here.
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 Leona has travelled hundreds of miles from The Canaries towards The Azores.
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.