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Injured Turtle Rescued From Hospital Boat Basin

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Julie Botteri
    Staff at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital remove monofilament fishing line from a sub-adult green sea turtle that unexpectedly swam into the hospital's boat basin Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Marathon, Fla. After spotting the 46-pound reptile, hospital staff rescued and transferred it to the emergency room. The turtle is listed in critical condition and staff has drawn blood and taken X-rays for further diagnosis.

    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.