Rehabbed loggerhead turtle released

Oct. 19, 2011 at 6:52 AM ET

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A crowd watches as a nearly 300 pound loggerhead sea turtle, that was rehabilitated by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team, is released back into the ocean off the southern shores of Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, Va. on Oct. 18, 2011.

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This July 14, 2011 photo, provided by the Virginia Aquarium, shows the turtle, named "25" for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's anniversary year, or "Big Boy."

The adult loggerhead had his left front flipper amputated because of injuries he suffered during his May 22 encounter with a crab pot line off Cape Charles. The wound has since healed and he has adapted to swimming without his flipper. He is one the largest sea turtles to ever be rehabilitated by the aquarium.