A LOGGERHEAD turtle is back in its natural environment following a six-month spell in a recovery centre.
Almeria Guardia Civil and the Equinac marine life rescue association successfully released Rampete back into the sea on Monday morning.
When the turtle arrived at the Equinaccentre it was suffering from serious anemia and defecated plastic for a week.
The loggerhead is one of the biggest kinds of marine turtle, reaching up to 1.2 metres in length. The main threats to the species are plastic, fishing nets and hooks and fish traps.
A statement from the Guardia Civil stressed the importance of informing the emergency services in the event of finding an injured or sick turtle on the beach so that qualified personnel can transfer it to a recovery centre.