Injured Turtle Rescued From Hospital Boat Basin

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) -- An injured green sea turtle has been rescued from the boat basin of the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys.

The 46-pound reptile was plucked from the water Thursday and taken to the hospital's emergency room.

Officials said the turtle was entangled in fishing line and missing its front left flipper, likely severed by the line. It also has approximately 10 Fibropapilloma tumors on it, caused by a herpes-like virus.

Hospital staff has drawn blood and taken X-rays for further evaluation.

It's the second time since the hospital opened in 1986 that a turtle in need has swum into the facility's small harbor. In 2009, a loggerhead was admitted for an intestinal infection and released 10 weeks later.


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