Sunday, February 03, 2008

Christmas in the Keys Part 2

While in the Keys, we also toured the Turtle Hospital. It housed approximately 30 sea turtles including greens, leatherbacks, loggerheads, ridleys and hawksbills.
Some of the turtles were suffering from a viral infection similar to herpes found in humans. Others had wounds from human contact (boat propeller damage), and still others had a lethargy disease.
One of the babies they had had a neurological disease that kept him swimming in circles.
We spent an afternoon in Key West and visited the Ernest Hemmingway house. Key West also boasts more than 2,000 feral chickens which roam freely.
We stopped by the southernmost point of the continental U.S.
We also went through the National Key Deer Refuge and saw several Key Deer as well as alligators, iguanas and other wildlife.

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