World Turtle News, 11/15/2020
Sea Turtle Hospital of Palm Beach, FL researches Fibropapillomatosis affecting green sea turtles
Fibropapillomatosis, or FP, was part of the impetus for the creation of the Sea Turtle Hospital, which had its fifth anniversary in October.
“It was a disease we weren’t used to seeing in this part of the state,” said Eastman.
Eastman has been working with sea turtles since the 1990s, when she began doing nesting surveys as a student at Florida Atlantic University.
“They’re almost the canary in the coal mine — they demonstrate the health of the ecosystem,” she said.
The hospital’s 36th patient this year, named Richard, was released on Nov. 4. The hospital usually has about 45 long-term patients per year.
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