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(L-R) - Devin Merriman, Richie Moretti and Bette Zirkelbach, from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, load "Sapphire," a 129-pound loggerhead sea turtle into a shipping crate Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Miami . Because of a boat strike injury, the subadult turtle cannot submerge without weights affixed to its carapace and can't be released. It is traveling via FedEx Thursday to its new permanent home at San Diego's Living Coast Discovery Center. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

It Was Moving Day For Sapphire The Sea Turtle

Sapphire the sea turtle is on the move. Thursday morning staff from the Keys-based Turtle Hospital loaded the 129-pound loggerhead turtle into a shipping crate.

09/25/2014

Staff at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla., examine Sapphire. (Source:  Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Fla. Keys Rescued Turtle Heading To New Home On The West Coast

A loggerhead sea turtle recovering its strength from a possible boat injury is leaving its Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital after more than a year for its new permanent home.

09/24/2014

Staff at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital remove monofilament fishing line from a sub-adult green sea turtle that unexpectedly swam into the hospital's boat basin Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Marathon, Fla. After spotting the 46-pound reptile, hospital staff rescued and transferred it to the emergency room. The turtle is listed in critical condition and staff has drawn blood and taken X-rays for further diagnosis. (Julie Botteri/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Sick Turtle Swims To Florida Keys’ Turtle Hospital

An injured green sea turtle swam into the boat basin of the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys Thursday and was rescued.

05/15/2014

"Kristi," left, and "Gizmo," two loggerhead sea turtles treated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, swim to open water off Islamorada, Fla., after being released Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. At left is marine life artist Wyland, and at right, Richie Moretti, the hospital's founder and director. The Valentine's Day release also marked the launch of a cooperative fundraising venture between the Wyland Foundation and Save-A-Turtle, a Keys-based turtle protection organization. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Turtle Couple Released Off The Keys On Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air, and in the sea this Valentine’s Day, as a male and female loggerhead turtle were released together Friday off the Florida Keys.

02/14/2014

Dr. Lorraine Karpinski, left, a veterinary ophthalmologist, begins a surgical procedure to remove Fibropapilloma tumors from the eyes of a green sea turtle Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Miami. The turtle is one of four that Karpinksi operated on who are convalescing at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. Assisting Karpinksi are Turtle Hospital staff members Matt Brochhausen, center, and Bette Zirkelbach, right. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Veterinarian Pioneering Techniques To Save Sea Turtles’ Eyes

With their tumors removed by a veterinary ophthalmologist in Miami and a better outlook for their future, four juvenile green sea turtles returned to the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys.

01/16/2014

OD, a 320-pound green sea turtle lifts his head to breathe in a transition pool at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Marathon, Fla. Because of an irreparable collapsed lung, the turtle cannot be released into the wild. It is set to be loaded on a FedEx flight to Las Vegas early Thursday, July 25, and live out its life at the The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Resort and Casino. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Rescued Keys Sea Turtle Arrives In Las Vegas

A South Florida sea turtle has found a new home in Sin City. OD was shipped via FedEx and arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday afternoon.

07/25/2013

Bette Zirkelbach examines Charley, a tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital Friday, May 10, 2013, in Marathon, Fla. Charley was released in June 8, 2012, off Santa Marta, Colombia, and rescued Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 22 miles off the Florida Keys. A fisherman found the turtle floating in Sargasso weed. It is believed “Charley” traveled some 2,000 miles from its original release point. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (SOURCE: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Rescued Young Turtle Expected To Make Full Recovery

A young turtle found floating in a weed patch off the coast of the Keys is expected to make a full recovery.

05/11/2013

A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Source: Tom Longo/Loggerhead Marinelife Center)

Loggerhead Who Ate Hook Leaves Turtle Hospital For Keys Waters

A loggerhead sea turtle was returned to the ocean off the Florida Keys Saturday after an angler’s baited hook it ingested was surgically removed.

CBS4–02/09/2013

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Sea Turtle Recovering, Producing Eggs At Keys’ Turtle Hospital

“Good Hope”, the female hawksbill sea turtle airlifted from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Turtle Hospital in the Keys, was recovering Saturday and producing eggs, officials said.

CBS Miami–09/22/2012

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