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4 sea turtles undergo surgery at Palm Beach Zoo

Posted at 5:35 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 05:37:05-04

Four sea turtles are recovering after emergency surgery Tuesday at the Palm Beach Zoo.

One young sea turtle, named "Five-O" was hit by a boat in Boca Raton and suffered fractures. The other three turtles, named "Sprinkles," "Wreath," and "Poptart" had tumors removed.

Doctors said the tumors are common and probably caused by pollution and poor water quality issues. 

Once they heal, the turtles will be released back into the ocean.

**LIKE & SHARE IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE SEA TURTLES GET BETTER** A CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP IN ACTION! Emergency surgery was performed on four young sea turtles here at Palm Beach Zoo this afternoon. It’s part of an ongoing partnership in which the Gumbo Limbo Nature Preserve uses the medical facilities in our Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex. One very young sea turtle was hit by a boat in Boca Raton and suffered fractures. Doctors say he was nicknamed ‘Five-O’ because of quick police response. The other three turtles, named ‘Sprinkles,’ ‘Wreath,’ and ‘Poptart’ had tumor removal surgery. Doctors say the tumors are very common and likely linked to pollution and water quality issues. In all, the surgery lasted more than four hours and doctors hope to get the sea turtles on the mend and back in the ocean as quickly as possible.

Posted by Palm Beach Zoo on Tuesday, April 5, 2016