The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.

PICO’s Release

February 17, 2008

PICO, a juvenile Green Sea Turtle was rescued in December 2006, when found floating and having multiple fibropapilloma tumors.


Doctor Doug Mader performed several surgeries which included endoscope inspection of internal organs (to ensure no tumors were present on the inside) and surgeries to remove all external tumors. After a year of remaining free of any re-growth, Turtle Hospital Staff performed the release approximately 12 miles North of Marathon. This area of the Gulf has ample sea grass which is the Green Sea Turtle’s primary food source.


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