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Meet Milagro! This green sea turtle was hit by a boat, which created an air pock…

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Meet Milagro! This green sea turtle was hit by a boat, which created an air pocket inside of his body; this condition is aptly named ‘bubble butt’ syndrome. You can see the boat strike site in the first photo – it’s the small bump in the shell poking out of the water. Turtles with bubble butt float and are unable to dive. This means Milagro cannot be released because he would not be able to dive down to get food and would be floating, therefore susceptible to another boat strike. In the second photo, you can see lead dive weights that we adhered to the shell with marine epoxy – this helps balance him out and make him more comfortable.
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