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LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
 AUG 24, 2011
RELEASED

Weight  44.0 kg
 
SCL: 60.6 cm

SCW: 54.9 cm


THE STRANDING Karen and Jeff Loveless reported seeing a large sea turtle in the marina near Wrightsville Beach as they were returning from a day of fun in the sun. Thinking it a bit odd that the turtle would be hanging out amongst so many boats they called to report the sighting to Nancy Fahey.
Nancy responded and over the course of several hours was able to retrieve an injured loggerhead sea turtle.  Here is part of her account.
  
.......At that moment, I glanced down, and there, right next to the dock where I was standing was, you guess it; the turtle!! Jumping into the water with only my flip flops for protection would be sheer folly, but this was just too great a chance to miss! I had to do something! With a fleeting thought of, "Oh well, why not?", I executed a spur-of-the-moment belly flop onto the dock, dug my toes into the planks, and grabbed hold of one surprised turtle.
Our unwilling rescue-ee had other plans. With her flippers gyrating wildly, she was trying desperately to propel herself into the relative safety of the murky depths of the marina, with me not far behind. Gritting my teeth, and clamping down with my toes, I hung on for dear life! Finally, my son thudded down onto the dock next to us. He grabbed hold of the turtle with his strong arms, and with plenty of grunting, groaning, and snapping of a powerful beak, we wrestled the turtle over the side and onto the dock.
Yes indeed, we had an injured turtle on our hands!  She had been hit by a boat prop multiple times: a strike on the front left flipper, three strikes across her carapace, and one between her nostrils running all the way to the tip of her beak.
THE TREATMENT  

Initially placed in fresh water to detach the barnacles.  Her beak was split open and barnacles were growing inside.

Her admission was nicely timed with a one week veterinary care and evaluation visit led by Dr. Craig Harms and senior students from NC State School of Veterinary Medicine.  Under anethesesia her beak wound was assessed and cleaned and possible future actions discussed.
DEC 2011
The fractures have all healed nicely.  The carapace is treated every three days the split in the beak is cleaned.  Despite what would seem to be an handicap this turtle is always ready for a meal.
JAN 2012
     
Canady sometimes get food caught in the split in her beak, but with some determination she has learned how to remove it.  The cleaner fish will love her.
SEP 2012
Canady required a bit of surgery today to remove a small hanging piece of carapace near her tail.  She was sedated and a topical anesthetic was applied to the area.
  Dr. Craig Harms performed the surgery, assisted by 4th year veterinary students from NC State.
 

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