5 injured green sea turtles being flown to England


Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 10:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 10:57 a.m.

MARATHON, Fla. — Five green sea turtles are on a 4,700-mile trip from their home in the Florida Keys to a marine park in England.

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On the Net:

The Turtle Hospital: http://www.turtlehospital.org

Weymouth Sea Life Park: http://www.sealifeeurope.com

The reptiles convalesced at the Turtle Hospital, some as long as 10 years, due to spinal chord injuries sustained from accidental boat strikes off several Florida communities.

The hospital?s ambulance is transporting the adolescent turtles to Miami International Airport where they are to be loaded aboard a Wednesday afternoon trans-Atlantic flight. After arriving at London Heathrow Thursday, they are to be transferred to the Weymouth Sea Life Park in Dorset.

Because of their injuries, the animals must remain under human care to survive. Weymouth is receiving them to educate their visitors about sea turtles.

Two hospital staffers are accompanying the turtles to England.

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