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Mote in Sarasota treating sea turtle struck by boat

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Photo: Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium Photo: Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium
SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) - A sea turtle rescued by the Coast Guard this weekend is in stable condition at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota.

The turtle, named "Mrs. Turt Lee, has several fresh lacerations on her upper shell due to a boat strike.

"Our staff is giving her fluid therapy and antibiotics and doing all they can to help her heal," said Hayley Rutger of Mote. "In the mean time, it's important to say how grateful we are to the Coast Guard team for their help."

Mrs. Turt Lee is in their Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital.

More: Photos of Florida turtles

The injured 230-pound female loggerhead turtle was found on Sunday off Longboat Pass. They say it appears the turtle was hit by a boat. She had a sharp object sticking out of her upper shell and was unable to dive.

She also had lacerations to both front flippers, damage to her tail and right rear flipper and the mark of an old shark bite.

The sharp object initially seen in her shell fell out before she was recovered.

Related: Injured sea turtle rescued off Sarasota coast

Coast Guard officials lifted the turtle aboard their boat, cradled her atop a large rubber tire and brought her to shore.

Mote would like to use Mrs. Turt Lee's story as a reminder to watch out for marine animals while boating and to report animals in distress.

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