Florida Sea Turtle Arrives In Vegas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The turtle is to be quarantined for 45 days before being transferred to the aquarium

CBS Miami: Richie Moretti, right, founder of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital soothes OD, a 320-pound green sea turtle, as it is measured and examined at the hospital in Marathon, Fla. Because of an irreparable collapsed lung, the turtle cannot be released into the wild. It is scheduled to be loaded on a FedEx flight to Las Vegas early Thursday, July 25, and live out its life at the The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Resort and Casino. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Associated Press Release

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) -- A 320-pound green sea turtle has arrived in Las Vegas, following a 2,400-mile trip from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital.

OD began the trip early Thursday with a three-hour ride in the hospital's ambulance to a FedEx plane in Fort Lauderdale. The A300 flew OD in a special crate to Memphis and another FedEx aircraft completed the air transfer to Vegas.

For almost five years the turtle was cared for in the hospital's 100,000-gallon rehabilitation pool. The reptile cannot be released due to an irreparable collapsed lung.

OD's new Vegas home is The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort. The turtle is to be quarantined for 45 days before being transferred to the aquarium's 1.3-million-gallon exhibition tank.

OD was named for the Key Largo dive boat that rescued it in 2008.

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