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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. [The Turtle Hospital/ Facebook]
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.

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