15 July 2022

2022 Tour de Turtles

Spot video of satellite transmitting tag being affixed to turtle shell, children looking at turtle before release and turtle release. Also included are file photos of turtle after rescue and after surgery. SOTs with Dan Evans, senior research biologist with Sea Turtle Conservancy; and Bette Zirkelbach (pronounced Betty ZIR kull back), general manager of Turtle Hospital.
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15 July 2022

Tour de Turtles 2022 - 03

Children observe “Tortie,” a juvenile green sea turtle, just before the reptile was released off the Florida Keys Friday, July 15, 2022, in Marathon, Fla. She was found Dec. 1, 2021, unable to dive and afflicted with fibropapillomatosis -- a tumor-causing disease that develops from a herpes-like virus affecting sea turtles globally. After being treated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital, “Tortie” was placed into the Atlantic Ocean and is to be part of the 15th annual Tour de Turtles, an online “race” that is to follow a dozen released turtles for three months. FOR EDITORIAL RELEASE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
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15 July 2022

Tour de Turtles 2022 - 02

Bette Zirkelbach, left, and Richie Moretti, right, of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, release “Tortie,” a juvenile green sea turtle Friday, July 15, 2022, in Marathon, Fla. The reptile was found Dec. 1, 2021, unable to dive and afflicted with fibropapillomatosis -- a tumor-causing disease that develops from a herpes-like virus affecting sea turtles globally. After being treated at the hospital, “Tortie” was released to join the 15th annual Tour de Turtles, an online “race” that is to follow a dozen released turtles for three months. FOR EDITORIAL RELEASE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)
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15 July 2022

Tour de Turtles 2022 - 01

Bette Zirkelbach, left, manager of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, and Dan Evans, right, senior biologist of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, finish affixing a satellite tracking receiver to “Tortie,” a juvenile green sea turtle Friday, July 15, 2022, in Marathon, Fla. The reptile was found Dec. 1, 2021, unable to dive and afflicted with fibropapillomatosis -- a tumor-causing disease that develops from a herpes-like virus affecting sea turtles globally. After being treated at the hospital, “Tortie” is to be released later Friday morning to join the 15th annual Tour de Turtles, an online “race” that is to follow a dozen released turtles for three months. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)