Loggerhead turtle seriously injured by boat strike

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife officials say a boat struck and seriously injured a threatened sea turtle in a South Florida canal.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino tells WTVJ-TV in Miami (http://bit.ly/1fyrIL4 ) that a homeowner spotted the loggerhead turtle Monday in a Miami canal. Pino says the 250-pound turtle had damage to its shell and eye, and it was missing its right front flipper.

The turtle was taken to the Miami Seaquarium for treatment. Seaquarium spokeswoman Jodi Tuzinski says the turtle is between 15 and 20 years old. She says the turtle had a bad wound to its shell but it was able to eat and dive.

Officials hope to return the turtle to the water.

Loggerhead sea turtles protected by state and federal laws.


Information from: WTVJ-TV, http://www.nbc6.net/index.html