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Warmest thanks are due to Mark Q. Martindale, Nancy Condron, Jenny Whilde, Devon Rollinson Ramia, Catherine Eastman, Ashley Taylor and all the veterinary and rehabilitation staff and volunteers and research students and staff of the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratories. Warmest thanks are also due to our collaborators at other sea turtle rehabilitation facilities, primarily Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, The Turtle Hospital Marathon Key, South Carolina Aquarium and Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and at other universities helping us to drive forward our marine turtle research program. We also thank the funding agencies which have been essential in enabling us to conduct fibropapillomatosis research: The Sea Turtle Conservancy, Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, project number 17-033R, the Save Our Seas Foundation under project number SOSF 356, the Welsh Government Sêr Cymru II and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 663830-BU115. Finally warm thanks are also due to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), including Meghan Koperski for valuable assistance with permitting. All research and rehabilitation activities of the hospital are conducted under FWC marine turtle permits MTP-20-236 (research) and MTP-20-228 (rehabilitation), with research ethical approval from the University of Florida Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
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