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Scientists in Florida are Using Honey to Treat Injured Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are being treated for injuries in a new way by scientists in Florida.

The new medicine? Honey.

“We regularly take in turtles that have been struck by boats or propellers or attacked by predators, which can lead to some pretty serious injuries,” Melanie Stadler, the Zoo’s sea turtle program coordinator, told Florida Today.

“Honey has remarkable antibacterial properties that, when applied topically, help their wounds heal with a much lower risk of infection. We’re treating four patients with honey right now.”

The raw honey and honeycomb come from the zoo’s onsite beehives, which are maintained by the company Brevard Backyard Beekeepers, according to the zoo.

To date, the zoo has used honey to treat 14 turtles.

 

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