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Posted: April 06, 2016

4 sea turtles undergo emergency surgery at Palm Beach Zoo

File photo of a sea turtle
Bruce Bennett
File photo of a sea turtle

By Zach Dennis

West Palm Beach, Fla. —

Four sea turtles had emergency surgery performed on them at the Palm Beach Zoo on Tuesday afternoon after three were found with tumors and another was hit by a boat.

“Five-O” went into surgery after being hit by a boat in Boca Raton, where he suffered fractures. Doctors gave him the name “Five-O” after the quick response from law enforcement following his accident.

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The other three turtles -- “Sprinkles,” “Wreath,” and “Poptart” -- had tumor removal surgery, which doctors said is common because of pollution and water quality issues. The surgeries lasted for four hours with a return to the water anticipated once they heal.

Five endangered Loggerhead sea turtles were airlifted from Massachusetts to Miami in January after being found in cool waters while the green sea turtle was classified as a threatened species this week.

With the 2016 season approaching, 2015 was a record year for sea turtles with 15,261 nests recorded.

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