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LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
5-6-09
RELEASED
April 20, 2010
Weight 14.8 kg  
SCL: 48.6 cm 60.8 cm
SCW:  42.1 cm 50.9 cm

THE STRANDING It takes team work to save a turtle in distress.  Folks at the Anchors Away Boatyard, across the intracoastal waterway from Topsail Island, observed this little loggerhead just hanging around in very shallow water, near the narrow channel used to access the boatyard from the waterway.  They sensed all was not well and Marge contacted the KBSTRRC.

A crack team of sick and injured turtle wranglers soon formed. Jennifer Bragaw and Nancy Fahey lead the way in the water and were backed by Beth, Eston, Christopher and Christina.
The turtle surfaced to breath near Nancy and both in water rescuers were able to hold the turtle by the rear of the carapace and swim her to shore.

She was covered in barnacles and thin, as you can see by her neck.

THE TREATMENT She was cleaned up and placed in shallow water for her first night, and was offered food but declined.
On her first day she was encouraged to eat a few pieces of fish.
May 8
If didn't take long for her to get her appetite working and she very hungrily ate today, such a good sign.
 
July 11

Looking good and feeling fine.  Always ready for a handout.
APRIL 2010
Anchor spent the winter at the front window, enjoying the sunshine and bulking up for her release.
Beth Howard and Jennifer Bragaw and the US Coast Guard gave Anchor a lift to the gulfstream waters.
                    
                                                                  Anchor swims free
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