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BOCA GRANDE, FL- On Friday, Dec. 13, Mote Marine Laboratory will release “Wildman,” a juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was found by a Mote research vessel operating earlier this summer in Pine Island Sound. The turtle, which was treated for papilloma tumors in Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital, will be released at about 10:30 a.m. from Gasparilla State Park on Boca Grande (near the lighthouse).
SARASOTA, Fla. - Sea turtles have finished nesting on beaches from Longboat Key through Venice, where green sea turtles laid a record number of nests and loggerhead sea turtles also had a strong year, according to Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.
Elena: 40 lb. subadult Green. Boat strike victim, large fractures on right side of carapace and small fractures on head. Also has some small FP tumors. Arrived 8/11/2013.
Ocean Diver (“O.D.”): 330-lb adult male Green. Stranded in 2007 in North Carolina where he was named “Pepper.” He came in to the Turtle Hospital with a lung infection, was treated and released. The infection returned while in the wild causing the lung to collapse. By the time O.D. stranded in the Keys in 2008, the lung tissue had fused together. Unfortunately, his ailment is inoperable and irreparable. As he cannot inflate the collapsed lung, the other lung overcompensates causing O.D. to float on his side. Weights help to offset this buoyancy. - http://www.turtlehospital.org
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A 320-pound green sea turtle is being prepared to be couriered from the Florida Keys to Las Vegas via FedEx.
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LIDO KEY - A loggerhead sea turtle gets released back into the Gulf Friday morning after a long journey up Florida's West Coast.