40-Pound Turtle Rescued in Florida Keys

A 40-pound turtle with papillomas was rescued by FWC Friday morning in Islamorada.

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    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
    A 40-pound turtle with papillomas was rescued by FWC Friday morning in Islamorada.

    A turtle was rescued in the Florida Keys Friday morning thanks to a friendly boater who contacted Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation.

    A 40-pound green turtle, also known as “Pat”, was unable to dive due to papillomas. Shawn Mahynske, a boater, spotted the turtle, but couldn’t rescue Pat due to a leg injury, so he contacted FWC.

    Officers Mattson and Bogue responded and safely returned the turtle to the FWC dock at the Whale Harbor channel in Islamorada.

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    Pat may not have survived if he was left in the ocean much longer, according to FWC.

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