ISLAMORADA (CBSMiami/FKNB) – A rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle was released late Sunday afternoon above a coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

“Allie” was rescued May 20th by the crew from Keys Dives, an Islamorada-based dive charter operator. The turtle was covered in cauliflower-like Fibropapilloma tumors, including several that restricted the young reptile’s vision. The tumors are believed to be caused by a herpes-like virus that affects sea turtles around the world.

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The 40-pound turtle’s treatment at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital included several tumor removal surgeries, one with a veterinary ophthalmologist. “Allie” was also treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics, vitamins, fluids treatment and a diet of greens and seafood.

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Key Dives’ crew followed Allie’s recovery and started a GoFundMe page to help with the conservation of sea turtles.

The Turtle Hospital opened its doors in 1986 and has rehabilitated and released more than 3,000 turtles.

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