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Porpoise Released On Long Island 6 Months After Stranding Himself

'Noodle' Was Found Off The Coast Of Maine In October Of Last Year
A newly born Yangtze finless porpoise swims with his mother at the Hydrobiology Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

A newly born Yangtze finless porpoise swims with his mother at the Hydrobiology Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A porpoise named Noodle was released off Long Island this weekend, six months after he stranded himself off the coast of Maine.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said Saturday the male harbor porpoise was let go about five miles offshore Shinnecock Inlet.

The group said prior to his release, a satellite tag was attached to the 70-pound porpoise’s dorsal fin. Maps tracking his movements will be available for public viewing on the foundation’s Web site.

Noodle stranded himself off New Brunswick, Maine last October and was brought to the Riverhead Foundation for rehabilitation.

He got his name because at first he was too weak to float, so rescuers built a floatation device for him out of foam noodles.

He was treated for lungworm and gained 15 pounds.

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