Most injured turtles are never spotted and die at sea. The fortunate ones are brought to The Turtle Hospital - a converted strip club where workers graft the waterproof fabric Gore-Tex to patch badly injured shells and find other innovative ways to save lives. On this particular day, a 13-pound (6-kilogram) green sea turtle named Fin is being treated for a potentially debilitating tumour.
"He's got a new life now," says Dr. Doug Mader, the center's chief veterinarian.
Image: Marine biology student Micah Rogers tends to two sea turtlesafter they had operations to remove tumours on July 7, 2009 at TheTurtle Hospitla in Marathon, Fla.
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