The Washington Post

Sea turtle released from hospital joins conservanc­y’s ‘race’

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A young green sea turtle that underwent multiple surgeries to remove cauliflowe­r-like tumors was released last week off the Florida Keys with a satellite-tracking transmitte­r.

“Tortie” was treated at the Keysbased Turtle Hospital after being rescued in December. The turtle was unable to dive and suffering from a serious tumor-causing disease that develops from a virus that affects sea turtle species around the world.

The turtle’s satellite tracker will be monitored as part of the 15th annual Tour de Turtles, an online “race” organized by the Sea Turtle Conservanc­y that follows the long-distance migration of a group of sea turtles over three months.

“In addition to the educationa­l aspect of the Tour de Turtles, we’re also learning about where these turtles are going and then can look and see if there are any threats that the turtles face in these areas,” said Dan Evans, senior research biologist with the conservanc­y.

 ?? Andy NEWMAN/ASSOCIATED Press ?? Tortie’s Atlantic Ocean migration will be monitored by a satellitet­racking device during a “race.”
Andy NEWMAN/ASSOCIATED Press Tortie’s Atlantic Ocean migration will be monitored by a satellitet­racking device during a “race.”

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