MIAMI (AP) - Wildlife officials say a boat apparently struck and seriously injured a threatened sea turtle in South Florida.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino says a homeowner spotted the loggerhead turtle Monday in a Miami canal and called authorities. The canal leads into Biscayne Bay.
Pino says the 250-pound turtle had a severe gash to its shell, and it was missing its right front flipper.
Wildlife officers loaded the turtle onto their boat and took it to the Miami Seaquarium for treatment. Pino says a Seaquarium veterinarian was optimistic that the turtle would recover and return to the water.
Loggerhead sea turtles protected by state and federal laws. Pino says boat strikes are common for turtles and manatees, and he warns boaters to watch out for marine life.
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