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Turtle attacked with a spear in Florida

The 150-pound turtle was found Saturday off Key Largo.
Veterinarians at the hospital say the turtle, named Splinter, is in stable condition.
Veterinarians at the hospital say the turtle, named Splinter, is in stable condition. [ The Turtle Hospital/ Facebook ]
Published Sep. 11, 2019
Updated Sep. 11, 2019

Associated Press

MARATHON, Fla. — Officials say a large green turtle has been found with a spear shot into its neck in the Florida Keys.

The 150-pound turtle was found Saturday off Key Largo.

Update on Splinter, sub-adult green sea turtle speared😞🐢! No words for this horrific act. All species of sea turtles in and around the United States are protected by Federal and State Laws. It is a felony to touch or harm a sea turtle in the United States. Please share this video and help us educate the general public. 😞🐢💗

Posted by The Turtle Hospital on Saturday, September 7, 2019

WTSP news reports that veterinarians at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon performed emergency surgery to remove the spear. X-rays showed the spear spanned more than half of the turtle’s body.

Veterinarians at the hospital say the turtle, named Splinter, is in stable condition.

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The spear has been saved as evidence for state wildlife investigators looking into the attack.

A turtle was previously found dead from a spear wound in Biscayne National Park in June.

Sea turtles are a protected species.