MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A juvenile green sea turtle that underwent multiple surgeries to remove cauliflower-like tumors was released off the Florida Keys last week with a satellite tracking transmitter.
Tortie was treated at Turtle Hospital in Keys after being rescued in December. The turtle was unable to dive and suffered from fibropapillomatosis, a debilitating tumor-causing disease that develops from a herpes-like virus that affects sea turtle species around the world.
After Tortie’s tumors were removed, the reptile’s treatment included antibiotics, fluids, vitamins and a diet of seafood and green vegetables.
The turtle’s satellite tracker will be monitored as part of the 15th annual Turtle Tour, an online “race” hosted by the Sea Turtle Conservancy that follows the long-distance migration of a contingent of sea turtles over three months.
“In addition to the educational aspect of the Turtles Tour, we also learn where these turtles go and then can look and see if there are any threats the turtles are facing in those areas,” said Dan Evans, lead researcher. . conservation biologist.
“A single sea turtle can make a difference, not only going back to the ocean and having baby sea turtles, but the larger range helps people care about sea turtles and our oceans,” Bette said. Zirkelbach, general manager of the hospital.