Ali was rescued on June 23, 2001 from Rabbit Key, Florida and was named after the famous boxer, Muhammad Ali (due to some personality similarities). Ali had Fibropapilloma and Dr. Doug Mader performed surgery to remove the tumors. This turtle was also victim to a boat hit which left Ali bobbing at the surface and unable to dive. A lead weight has been fiberglassed to the carapace to give Ali a more comfortable life here at the Turtle Hospital. The weight helps create neutral buoyancy, and enables this turtle to rest comfortably on the bottom. Because the weight is not a permanent fix, Ali will remain at the hospital as a permanent resident.