FORT WALTON BEACH — The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center released three rehabilitated sea turtles on Tuesday morning.

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, was originally released at Fort Pickens on September 26, 2017 after recovering from being hooked at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. This juvenile green found its way back home at the pier, and was caught by a hook again just seven days later.

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Bok Choy, a juvenile green, was hooked in the mouth by a fisherman at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, and arrived at the C.A.R.E. Center September 29. Radiographs showed a second hook embedded in the back of its mouth.

Cindy, a Kemp's ridley, was found floating in Santa Rosa county. Initially, Cindy was lethargic and hypoglycemic. Her recovery took a few months as she continued to demonstrate her preference for the surface of the water.

The team worked with Cindy to ensure she could dive on her own, and a clean bill of health sealed the deal for her return to the Gulf.

A few lucky bystanders, enjoying the sunrise, stopped by to witness the release.

"We wish them well. If they ever run into trouble again, we'll be here," said Jenna Wanamaker, aquarist for the Gulfarium.

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