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Loggerhead sea turtle survives spear gun shot, released into ocean

Richie Moretti, right, and other staff members at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla., perform a final examination of a Federally-protected loggerhead sea turtle before releasing it off the Florida Keys near Marathon, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 14. The turtle suffered a spear gun shot to its head in early August and a veterinarian surgically removed the spear that missed vital structures. Keys residents and businesses have amassed a $16,000 reward fund for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party. The x-ray taken prior to surgery is displayed on the monitor in the background
Richie Moretti, right, and other staff members at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla., perform a final examination of a Federally-protected loggerhead sea turtle before releasing it off the Florida Keys near Marathon, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 14. The turtle suffered a spear gun shot to its head in early August and a veterinarian surgically removed the spear that missed vital structures. Keys residents and businesses have amassed a $16,000 reward fund for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party. The x-ray taken prior to surgery is displayed on the monitor in the backgroundAndy Newman /Florida Keys News Bureau via AP

Ouch! The x-ray image on the monitor reminds me of the recent incident of the Arizona man impaled on pruning shears.

Richie Moretti, right, and other staff members at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla., perform a final examination of a Federally-protected loggerhead sea turtle before releasing it off the Florida Keys near Marathon, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 14. The turtle suffered a spear gun shot to its head in early August and a veterinarian surgically removed the spear that missed vital structures. Keys residents and businesses have amassed a $16,000 reward fund for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party. The x-ray taken prior to surgery is displayed on the monitor in the background
Richie Moretti, right, and other staff members at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla., perform a final examination of a Federally-protected loggerhead sea turtle before releasing it off the Florida Keys near Marathon, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 14. The turtle suffered a spear gun shot to its head in early August and a veterinarian surgically removed the spear that missed vital structures. Keys residents and businesses have amassed a $16,000 reward fund for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party. The x-ray taken prior to surgery is displayed on the monitor in the backgroundAndy Newman /Florida Keys News Bureau via AP
Staff and volunteers of The Turtle Hospital, including director Richie Moretti, (L), release a federally-protected loggerhead sea turtle back into the ocean off the Florida Keys near Marathon, Sept. 14.
Staff and volunteers of The Turtle Hospital, including director Richie Moretti, (L), release a federally-protected loggerhead sea turtle back into the ocean off the Florida Keys near Marathon, Sept. 14.Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via Reuters