Endangered sea turtle lays 6 eggs at US hospital
MARATHON, Florida (AP) - An injured endangered sea turtle has laid six eggs after being brought to a turtle hospital in the Florida Keys.
Hospital administrator Bette Zirkelbach says staff were able to harvest the eggs and they have been put in an incubator with sand from the United States' Virgin Islands. That way, if the eggs hatch, the hawksbill sea turtles will be familiar with their native sand.
Any hatchlings will be taken to the same St. Croix beach where the mother was found in late August.
Officials say the turtle has deep wounds on both shoulders and might have been hooked by a fisherman and then repeatedly gaffed to remove the fishing gear. She is in guarded condition.