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A sea turtle was left to fight for life after it was found with a 3 ft spear impaled in its neck

Sea turtle is rescued after being found in a rope with a 3ft SPEAR in his neck for the Florida Keys

  • Sea turtle found with 3ft spear sticking in her neck from Key Largo in Florida
  • Injured turtle admitted by Turtle Hospital Saturday and undergoing emergency surgery
  • It is a crime to harm a sea turtle in the US and the authorities that are now looking for the perpetrator
  • According to WWF, almost all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered
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A sea turtle was left to fight for life after it was found with a 3 ft spear impaled in her neck.

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The injured sub-adult green sea turtle named Splinter was found entangled Saturday in a trap line on Carysfort Reef near Key Largo.

The animal, which weighs 150 pounds, was admitted to Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, where she underwent emergency surgery by veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader to delete the object.

X-rays before the operation showed that the sharp rod protrudes deep into the stomach of the reptile under her shell and extends over half of her body.

& # 39; No words for this heinous act, & # 39; said the non-profit Turtle Hospital in a message on Facebook.

A sea turtle was left to fight for life after it was found with a 3 ft spear impaled in its neck

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A sea turtle was left to fight for life after it was found with a 3 ft spear impaled in its neck

The injured sub-adult green sea turtle named Splinter was found entangled Saturday in a trap line on Carysfort Reef near Key Largo

The injured sub-adult green sea turtle named Splinter was found entangled Saturday in a trap line on Carysfort Reef near Key Largo

The injured sub-adult green sea turtle named Splinter was found entangled Saturday in a trap line on Carysfort Reef near Key Largo

The animal was admitted to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, where she underwent emergency surgery by veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader to delete the object

The animal was admitted to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, where she underwent emergency surgery by veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader to delete the object

The animal was admitted to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, where she underwent emergency surgery by veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader to delete the object

X-rays before the operation showed the sharp bar sticking deep into the animal's stomach under its shell
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X-rays before the operation showed the sharp bar sticking deep into the animal's stomach under its shell

X-rays before the operation showed the sharp bar sticking deep into the animal's stomach under its shell

A Turtle Hospital spokesperson told MailOnline that they believe Splinter is a female turtle. & # 39; She is probably a woman. Splinter is a sub-adult green sea turtle. Male sea turtles grow a long tail when they are adults. & # 39;

The spear has been kept as evidence of the crime and the authorities are investigating to find out who is responsible.

Turtle Hospital's CEO, Richie Moretti, offers a $ 5,000 reward to anyone who has information that could lead to an arrest.

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According to the hospital, this marks the second sea turtle that was speared in Florida this summer with a spear.

The first was a dead sea turtle recovered in Biscayne National Park with a spear in its head in June.

All species of sea turtles in and around the United States are protected by the US Endangered Species Act of 1973 and it is a crime to touch or damage a sea turtle.

Splinter has since undergone the surgery and is recovering in the hospital. An online uploaded photo shows the tortoise in relationships, with the spear removed.

A sea turtle was left to fight for life after it was found with a 3 ft spear impaled in its neck

A sea turtle was left to fight for life after it was found with a 3 ft spear impaled in its neck

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A sea turtle was left to fight for life after it was found with a 3 ft spear impaled in its neck

Splinter has since had surgery and is recovering in the hospital. An online uploaded photo shows the tortoise in relationships, with the spear removed

Splinter has since had surgery and is recovering in the hospital. An online uploaded photo shows the tortoise in relationships, with the spear removed

Splinter has since had surgery and is recovering in the hospital. An online uploaded photo shows the tortoise in relationships, with the spear removed

A day after the operation, the sub-adult sea turtle was able to water again in a small hospital swimming pool. It remains in a stable but guarded state.

Splinter received a lot of support and congratulations online, with one person who wrote: & # 39; That's great news! I am so happy that Splinter feeds better. God bless all the wonderful people for everything you do to save all these beautiful sea turtles. & # 39;

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Another person said: & # 39; I am so happy that Splinter feeds better. God bless all the wonderful people for everything you do to save all these beautiful sea turtles. & # 39;

According to the World Wildlife Fund, almost all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered

According to the World Wildlife Fund, almost all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered

According to the World Wildlife Fund, almost all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered

The spear has been kept as evidence of the crime and the authorities are investigating to find out who is responsible

The spear has been kept as evidence of the crime and the authorities are investigating to find out who is responsible

The spear has been kept as evidence of the crime and the authorities are investigating to find out who is responsible

Turtle Hospital's CEO, Richie Moretti, offers a $ 5,000 reward to anyone who has information that could lead to an arrest
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Turtle Hospital's CEO, Richie Moretti, offers a $ 5,000 reward to anyone who has information that could lead to an arrest

Turtle Hospital's CEO, Richie Moretti, offers a $ 5,000 reward to anyone who has information that could lead to an arrest

According to the World Wildlife Fund, almost all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered.

& # 39; Human activities have ventured the way against the survival of these ancient Marines, & # 39; said the WWF.

& # 39; Sea turtles slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells suffer from poaching and over-exploitation.

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& # 39; They are also faced with habitat destruction and unintended catch in fishing gear. & # 39;

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