About 600 people cheer two homeward bound sea turtles in Juno Beach

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Banner the sea turtle makes its way to the Atlantic Ocean this morning (Photo: Loggerhead Marinelife Center)

A big crowd  braved steamy weather this morning on the beach to watch the release of Banner and Roerig, two sea turtles healed at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

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(About 500 people showed up to watch the release (Photo: Loggerhead Marinelife Center)

There were about 600 spectators, said LMC officials.

Found at Sandsprit Park in Stuart last December, Roerig was chronically debilitated, anemic and underweight with a large amount of leeches and barnacles on its shell. LMC hospital staff removed the leeches and other parasites by keeping Roerig in fresh water for the first two days.

Banner was brought into LMC last Sunday after accidentally being hooked at the Juno Beach Pier.

The turtle had a single hook in its throat. LMC hospital staff removed the hook and Banner was cleared for release.

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