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Turtle released into the sea at Gozo’s Ramla Bay

After months of rehabilitation and treatment, a turtle has been released into the sea off the coast of Gozo.

Nature Trust Malta freed Geraldine, an 18-year-old female turtle, at Ramla Bay on Monday morning.

She was rescued off the coast of Marsaxlokk with a fishing line and hook lodged in her stomach after accidentally swallowing it.

After eight months of tender loving care from Nature Trust’s dedicated wildlife team, she has been returned to the wild.

What happens to Geraldine after that is up to her sharp instincts and the course of nature.

Experts say plastic pollution and harmful fishing practises are a major threat to turtles in the Mediterranean Sea.

However, loggerhead turtles can live for between 80 and 100 years.

Read more: Nature Trust Malta