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BOATER



LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
SEPT 16, 2007
RELEASED

Weight 26.0 kg  
SCL: 57.1 cm
SCW: 45.8 cm

THE STRANDING Boater was found by a commercial fisherman who took the time to pluck her out to the water and bring her in to waiting wildlife officials.  We are grateful to him for giving the turtle a second chance.
She has deep carapace fractures and a cut to the head, consistent with a boat propeller strike.
   
THE TREATMENT The turtle was transported to the NC State School of Veterinary Medicine and the fractures were pieced back together and held in place with surgical steel plates and wires.
 
An antibiotic cream fills the wounds.
OCT 17
Boater has her wound flushed and bandage changed every two days.
She is eating and on a slow road to recovery.

JAN 2008

Another bar was added to stabilize the wound, which is healing.
Boater remains in shallow water because of  the wound and bandage changing requirements.  Every four days when the wound is cleaned Boater's water level is increased and s/he gets a chance to swim.  Boater loves to splash anyone standing near him, and also eats (or trys to) anything that gets too close to his mouth.
MAY 2008
  

  
Boater is healing very well.  In a few days she will graduate to a larger tank.
JUNE 2008
Boater was not among the lucky 16 released on June 3rd, but it did open up space.  Boater was delighted to move to her new tank, complete with running water, her favorite feature.

On the carry board 

In her spacious new tank for the first time.
JUNE 08
 
Interns Bailey and Lisa clean Boater's wound.
AUG 08
Boater's braces have been removed and she continues to heal.  The little "dots" are from the screws holding the plates in place.
 
NOV 09
   
The wound is not healing properly and will require futher surgery.
FEB 09

Boater has had a long hard winter.  She undergoes wound care everyday.
JULY 09

Boater has moved out of the public eye, front row for tours, to the quiet tank in the back under the window.
The wound continues to be treated.
DEC 2011
This year Boater is in the big tank, the anchor tank for summer tours.
Sometimes indifferent, sometimes interested, Boater moves in slow motion around her tank.  She has not fully recovered.
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