BOCA RATON -- Almost three dozen green sea turtles will undergo surgery today at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
The 35 turtles are being treated for fibropapilloma tumors by a team of 10 surgeons and seven assistants from, among others, the University of Florida and Disney. Disney is also sending a mobile surgical unit, too.
The affected turtles are part of the 4,000 green turtles that were cold-stunned in the recent cold snap.
The small, 8-bed sea turtle rehab center at Gumbo Limbo has already treated 170 turtles -- that's more than the group expected in five years.
The tumors are caused by a virus potentially related to agricultural runoff in areas such as the Indian River Lagoon. The cold is believed to have aggravated this infection.