After seeing Connie's post, I thought I would add more about our adventure down at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
After helping to intake close to 30 turtles, including an adult green weighing close to 400lbs, the decision was made to stay down at the nature center for a couple of full days. Today was our first day.
The majority of turtles here are fibropapilloma (FP) turtles. They have tumors upon tumors, and some that are extremely dense and encompass a large part of the animals' soft tissue. We have seen tumors around eyes, embedded in wounds, as a matter of fact, I do not think there is a place that I have not seen an FP tumor on these animals.
We have also seen some traumatic injuries. Cracked shells, puncture wounds, and monofilament injuries to name a few.
More to come!