Loggerhead turtle rescued with hook in throat and cracked shell has surgery

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Phoenix the 100 lb loggerhead sea turtle was rescued last week and brought to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton.

She was run over by a boat and the back part of her shell was broken, but that was the least of her problems

Ryan Butts is the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Coordinator at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. He saw the turtle come in.

"These turtles always get X-rays as soon as they come in, and little did we know what we were going to find is this 3 and a half inch stainless steel fishing hook. We realized Phoenix's problems were much larger than just a boat strike," Butts said.

The hook was lodged so deeply the animal would not survive if it wasn't removed.

The injured turtle was brought to the Palm Beach Zoo to perform a tense hour-long surgery to remove the hook. 

Phoenix is recovering nicely and will be released back into the wild in a few months when her wounds heal.

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