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MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A juvenile green sea turtle that underwent multiple surgeries to remove cauliflower-like tumors was released off the Florida Keys last week with a satellite tracking transmitter.
‘Tortie’ was treated at Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being rescued last December. The turtle was unable to dive and suffered from fibropapillomatosis – a debilitating tumor-causing disease that develops from a herpes-like virus that affects sea turtle species around the world.