• Florida deputies rescue 144-pound sea turtle that was struck by boat

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    VERO BEACH, Fla. -

    A 144-pound green sea turtle is recovering after it was struck by a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida, officials said.

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    The Indian River County Sheriff's Office shared the rescue of turtle in a Facebook post Tuesday. A fisherman called deputies Sunday to report a large injured sea turtle, TCPalm reported. The fisherman said he noticed the turtle had a cut across its shell, the website reported.

    A marine unit of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office used a large net to capture the turtle, which was transported to a nearby fire station, the Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.

    The turtle was then transported south to a Loggerhead Marinelife Center rescue facility in Juno Beach.

    Employees at the center nicknamed the turtle "Blaze," Lauren Eissey, a spokeswoman for the center, told TCPalm.

    "The turtle is floating due to a large amount of gas in its intestines," Eissey told the website. "There is evidence of unintended boat strikes that have caused some nerve damage." 

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