Ninja is a juvenile green sea turtle who was rescued near the first bridge on the Fred Howard Causeway on August 24, 2018. Ninja was wrapped in several fishing lines, especially around the left front flipper. The sea turtle had also swallowed fishing line, which could be seen down its esophagus. X-rays were taken to evaluate for the presence of a hook, but none was found. Ninja was able to pass the fishing line without problem and has been eating and swimming normally. Read our fishing gear tips to help protect sea turtles.
Ninja also has fibropapilloma (FP) tumors on his body, caused by the fibropapilloma virus. Once Ninja is ready, he will receive surgery to remove the tumors on his body. After Ninja recovers, he will hopefully be ready to return to the wild.
What is the Fibropapilloma Virus?
Fibropapilloma virus is a virus found primarily in green sea turtles that causes tumors to grow externally on soft tissues, including eyes and flippers. Over time, these tumors can grow so big they block vision or cause a loss of mobility in the animal. Not a lot is known conclusively about the virus yet, but it is considered contagious amongst sea turtles. CMA is one of six rehabilitation centers in the state of Florida that is able to house and treat sea turtles with FP tumors.
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