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Sea turtle released in Florida to participate in the Tour de Turtles


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 Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being rescued last December. The turtle was unable to dive and suffered from a debilitating disease.

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” organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy that tracks the long-distance migration of a contingent of sea turtles over three months.


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