Storm, Shutdown Hamper Sea Turtle Monitoring

By Suzette Laboy
|  Sunday, Oct 6, 2013  |  Updated 4:02 PM EDT
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Florida Keys Dentist Mends Endangered Green Sea Turtle's Shell

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Florida Keys Dentist Mends Endangered Green Sea Turtle's Shell

On Wednesday, dentist Fred Troxel used a denture repair adhesive to bond two metal orthopedic plates across the split of a green sea turtle named Elena, the Florida Keys News Bureau reported. This video provided by the news bureau shows footage of the procedure.
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Although Tropical Storm Karen dissipated before it could strike Florida's Panhandle, rough surf from the storm and the ongoing federal government shutdown have hampered efforts to monitor sea turtles along some of northwest Florida's pristine beaches.

D.J. Zemenick is a volunteer sea turtle patroller for the Gulf Islands National Seashore. She says both the storm and the shutdown "has sort of compounded the situation" by cutting off access to some portions of the park.

The road to the national park remained closed Sunday due to the shutdown. There's at least one nest there that volunteers can't get to.

Five species of sea turtles can be found in the Gulf of Mexico. The loggerhead is threatened and the green and leatherback are endangered, but all sea turtles are protected.

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