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Happy Ending for a Young Turtle's Epic Journey

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Kemp's ridley sea turtle photo.

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Kemp's ridley sea turtles are the rarest, most endangered sea turtle on the planet. One reason for their dwindling numbers is from the precarious state of the turtle's habitat, in the oft-imperiled waters of the Gulf of Mexico and along the East Coast of the North America -- so it's perhaps not surprising that one young turtle would try to make a break for it.

Three years ago, biologists in the Netherlands were shocked to discover a warm water-loving Kemp's ridley turtle nearly frozen to death off their shores, thousands of miles from its home. But now, after years of TLC from some hard-working conservationists, that world-traveling turtle -- dubbed "Johnny Vasco da Gama" -- is ready to make a go of it again.

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