Miami Herald: Tumors in Florida’s endangered sea turtles linked to polluted oceans

Before and after shots of an endangered green sea turtle which underwent surgery in March to have tumors removed from its eyes after being rescued by the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. (Source: The Turtle Hospital)


Yes, those huge pink growths are tumors around the eyes of an endangered green sea turtle. The Miami Herald reports that now researchers think they have an answer for what’s causing the tumors: pollution. And that discovery may have wider implications about the oceans’ health.

Green sea turtles have been plagued by a virus that causes cauliflower-like tumors to sprout from their eyes, mouths, fins and soft tissue.

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