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Gear test has ‘Wild Kingdom’ moment

As part of a Yamaha Motor Corp. press event held Wednesday and Thursday in the Florida Keys, more than a dozen marine journalists aboard five Yamaha-powered boats documented the release of a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle.

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The journalists were in the Keys testing Yamaha's new offshore outboards, including the new V6 250- and 300-hp models. The turtle, estimated at 10 years old and 60 pounds, was apparently attacked by a marine predator and spent three months convalescing at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla.

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Hospital administrator Ryan Butts released Kentucky (named after the home state of the boaters who rescued the animal) after giving the media members a tour of the hospital. The event was held at Hawk's Cay Resort in the Florida Keys and the joint event was coordinated by the Florida Keys & Key West tourism council.

The Turtle Hospital has successfully treated and released more than 1,000 sea turtles since its founding in 1986.

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