World Turtle News, 07/21/2019
St. Thomas the green sea turtle joins list of participants in Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtles to start 08/01
“St. Thomas,” a 35-pound male, and 15 other sea turtles are to participate in Tour de Turtles online educational competition that officially begins Aug. 1 and is organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy. The unique “tour” follows the long-distance migration of different species of sea turtles and collects location, swim speed and sometimes ocean depth data from their satellite transmitters.
“St. Thomas” was found floating offshore of the Keys last October covered in Fibropapilloma tumors, caused by a herpes-like virus that affects sea turtles around the world. A veterinarian at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital surgically removed the tumors and the reptile fully recovered.
“St. Thomas” is the smallest and the only rehabilitated turtle racing. Each Tour de Turtles participant is associated with a cause and “St. Thomas” is helping to raise awareness about water quality protection.
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Photo from Florida Keys News Bureau.