Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Research Published in Testudo
Published: Friday, October 11, 2019
Congratulations to the Sea Turtle Hospital team, Veterinarian Brooke Burkhalter, Dr. Mark Martindale and Dr. David Duffy on their recent paper "Behaviour of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) before and after fibropapillomatosis tumour removal" in Testudo.
The paper presents observations and comparisons of the behaviour of nine juvenile green sea turtles (C. mydas) held at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and Sea Turtle Hospital. Observations were made before they had FP tumours surgically removed, one week after surgery, and one month after surgery, to determine whether tumour removal directly affects turtle activity budgets, and how turtle behaviour changes as they recover from surgery.