sea turtle gi Sea Turtle Andre found dead in FloridaDisturbing the animal-related euphoria we reached upon learning Friday (Aug. 26) is National Dog Day, we’re sorry to report the death of Sea Turtle Andre.

Andre was found off the coast of Hutchison Island, Fla., on Wednesday and, according to CBS News, was in such bad shape that marine biologists were unable to identify what killed him.

Andre had his moment in the sun when he was found stranded on a sandbar in June 2010. The badly ailing turtle had three pounds of sand inside his punctured shell, along with some sea crabs and a raging infection. After a year of groundbreaking rehabilitation at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Andre was released back into the ocean just three weeks ago.

The turtle was believed to be about 25 years old when he died.

(The turtle pictured above is not Andre.)

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson