Sick Turtle Swims To Florida Keys’ Turtle Hospital

Healthwatch On CBSMiami

MARATHON (CBSMiami/FKNB) – An injured green sea turtle swam into the boat basin of the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys Thursday and was rescued.

The sub-adult reptile, weighing 46 pounds, was pulled from the water and moved to the hospital’s emergency room.

“Usually, patients come into the Turtle Hospital in the turtle ambulance,” said hospital manager Bette Zirkelbach. “This patient seemingly checked himself in.”

Zirkelbach said the turtle, named Yertle for the Dr. Seuss “Yertle the Turtle” book, was entangled in fishing line and is missing its front left flipper. She surmised the missing flipper was severed by the line or self-amputated due to injuries caused by the line.

 

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