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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — It’s not every day that a turtle is returned to its natural habitat. That is what happened on the beach at Jenkinson’s Aug. 8, as a crowd of onlookers watched Humphrey, a 15-year-old Loggerhead sea turtle, make its way back to the ocean after several months of recovery from a respiratory infection. “It’s amazing, you almost have this motherly instinct where you worry about them,” Brandi Biehl, a volunteer with Sea Turtle Recovery who has been caring for Humphrey, said minutes after the sea turtle was swallowed up by the sea. A large crowd gathered at Jenkinson’s beach, at a spot between Jenkinson’s Aquarium and the Manasquan Inlet, to watch Humphrey go back home. Volunteers carried the young Loggerhead to the water line.