Feature Photography - TimStepien
011310 - BOCA RATON - FLORIDA - The recent cold front dropped Florida temperatures into the 20's and 30's and wreaked havoc on the states reptile population.  Pictured here are green sea turtles most of which were saved from the cold waters of the intracoastal. As of Wednesday, Gumbo Limbo had processed over 100 turtles and there were said to be 2000 statewide in the same situation. These particular turtles had to be housed outside because they were infected with the disease fibropapilloma.  The disease is characterized by the presence of non-cancerous fibrous tumors on areas of soft skin, such as the neck, chin, eyes, corners of the mouth, flippers, and the base of the tail. Extra care was taken at the facility to not allow people or equipment from the infected turtle area into the inside area where the healthy turtles were being housed.   Gumbo Limbo staff and volunteers worked quickly to tag and release the cold stunned turtles.  Photo by Tim Stepien

011310 - BOCA RATON - FLORIDA - The recent cold front dropped Florida temperatures into the 20's and 30's and wreaked havoc on the states reptile population. Pictured here are green sea turtles most of which were saved from the cold waters of the intracoastal. As of Wednesday, Gumbo Limbo had processed over 100 turtles and there were said to be 2000 statewide in the same situation. These particular turtles had to be housed outside because they were infected with the disease fibropapilloma. The disease is characterized by the presence of non-cancerous fibrous tumors on areas of soft skin, such as the neck, chin, eyes, corners of the mouth, flippers, and the base of the tail. Extra care was taken at the facility to not allow people or equipment from the infected turtle area into the inside area where the healthy turtles were being housed. Gumbo Limbo staff and volunteers worked quickly to tag and release the cold stunned turtles. Photo by Tim Stepien