Veterinarian removes eel from loggerhead sea turtle’s body

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A veterinarian has removed a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from the body cavity of a loggerhead sea turtle in the Florida Keys.

Dr. Brooke Burkhalter needed three hours Tuesday to complete the unusual procedure to remove the goldspotted eel from Shelmore, a sub-adult turtle who had been rescued Sept. 18 off Islamorada by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Turtle Hospital officials don’t understand why the turtle consumed the eel, as it is not a normal part of sea turtles’...

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