POSTED: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 7:04pm
VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL (NBC) — Monroe, who washed in with a barnacle on her beak that looked like a Marilynesque beauty mark, was found struggling in the surf 4 months ago.
As luck would have it, she was right next to Ponce Inlet's marine science center where they specialize in rehabilitating sick and injured animals.
"She was very dehydrated, malnourished.. Anemic...She'd been fighting something out there a long time that had her really behind the curve, " said one turtle expert.
But Monroe is all curves now after putting on 20 pounds and staving off illness.
Those now strong flippers were flopping all over the sand as she lumbered to the sea.
Monroe took her time.. You know what they say about her species.. Slow and steady wins the race.
But with a wave from her fans and a wave from mothernature, Monroe was gone to rejoin her kind.
Thankfully our kind, marine life experts are nearby and very capable.