Zelda is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found entangled in a fishing line attached to a mile marker in the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs on November 8. Zelda had a fishing line tightly wrapped around the left front flipper where it also appeared swollen. After removal, there was a deep laceration present. Zelda also has the fibropapilloma virus with several tumors on its body, including the left eye.
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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