Ailing sea turtle taken to USF training center for advanced scans

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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - An endangered sea turtle went to a Tampa training center for doctors so that veterinarians could figure out what is ailing it.

The 22-pound juvenile green sea turtle named Freud was lethargic, bloated and covered with algae when it was found on a Florida Panhandle beach last year. It was initially treated at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach and then sent to Florida Aquarium.

Veterinarians call Freud a "floater" because it can't dive. They thought air was collecting in the turtle's body, making it unusually buoyant, but they couldn't figure out what was causing the problem.

On Tuesday, veterinarians took Freud to the University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. Advanced digital scans revealed that air was trapped near Freud's left lung.

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