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Dentist helps fix sea turtle's shell

September 12, 2013
Associated Press

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Keys dentist has aided efforts to mend an endangered green sea turtle's fractured shell.

On Thursday, Fred Troxel checked the status of Elena, a 40-pound adolescent reptile convalescing at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital. The day before, Troxel had utilized a denture repair adhesive to bond two metal orthopedic plates across a 10-inch split on the turtle's carapace.

Turtle Hospital officials have been caring for the turtle for a month, since it was recovered from a Key West beach. Officials believe the turtle washed up after it suffered a collision with a boat.

They added that Elena has just begun eating on her own and are optimistic the turtle will recover and can be returned to the wild.


Online: Turtle Hospital, www.



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