The Turtle Hospital received a call from Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key, a guest reporting a small turtle inside the lagoon that had “something wrong with it’s eyes”.
Staff met up with Ken Burch from Middle Town New Jersey who was vacationing with family and saw the juvenile Green Sea Turtle while snorkeling in the lagoon. Ken agreed to bring up the turtle which had fibropapilloma tumors on both eyes, the neck and all flippers.
The small turtle is scheduled for surgery next Tuesday where Dr Doug will check for internal tumors and address the eye tumors immediately.
Despite best efforts by staff, William died Sunday night. The weakened turtle had not been able to eat for some time due to eye tumors. A necropsy will be performed
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