WATCH: After being rescued from a Vancouver Island beach, a lucky sea turtle has made a miraculous recovery and will be flying home in style
The turtle was discovered washed up, hypothermic and nearly dead on Comber Beach in Pacific Rim National Park in January.
Experts say the endangered, sub-tropical reptile was likely caught up in El Nino-like currents and when it brought him into the cold water, his body temperature dropped dangerously low.
He was transported to Vancouver Aquarium where he was rehabilitated from what they call “cold-stunning”.
“The turtle you see today is a very very different turtle than he was when he was brought to us several months ago, his eyes all bright and really interactive and just being a really happy turtle ready to go to the next stage it’s awesome, it’s been so cool to see him progress like that and I tell you we love that turtle a lot,” said Dr. Martin Haulena.
Comber will leave Wednesday for Seattle where he’ll spend the night before being transported by a U.S. Coast Guard C130 Hercules aircraft to SeaWorld in San Diego.
Once temperatures are warm enough in local waters, he’ll be released.