“The choices were really to euthanize him, keep him in rehabilitation,
or release him,” Innis said. “He was too strong to euthanize, and too
strong to keep. ... We elected to release him, but with a little
Ah, the correct usage of the word "euthanize." And the correct decision to let him go. (Apparently, leatherbacks just bang themselves bloody in any kind of pool.)We'll be rooting for his swift recovery, and we'll remain awed at the ocean's capacity for keeping its secrets. A seven foot turtle– imagine! Viva la tortuga!
And, yes, we're making the conscious decision to not think critically about this, like what the heck was wrong with him, how leatherback turtles are faring in the world, the rising temperatures of oceans, etc. No, we're choosing to think about him eating jellyfish, swimming around in the open water, and wondering how and what he might think about the experience of humans.