4 sea turtles undergo emergency surgery at Palm Beach Zoo

4 sea turtles undergo emergency surgery at Palm Beach Zoo

File photo of a sea turtle

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Four sea turtles had emergency surgery performed on them at the Palm Beach Zoo on Tuesday afternoon after three were found with tumors and another was hit by a boat.

“Five-O” went into surgery after being hit by a boat in Boca Raton, where he suffered fractures. Doctors gave him the name “Five-O” after the quick response from law enforcement following his accident.

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The other three turtles -- “Sprinkles,” “Wreath,” and “Poptart” -- had tumor removal surgery, which doctors said is common because of pollution and water quality issues. The surgeries lasted for four hours with a return to the water anticipated once they heal.