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CANAL

LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile

  ADMIT
8-25-07
RELEASED
JUNE 3, 2008
Weight  25.2 kg  41.4 kg
SCL:  57.3 cm
SCW:  47.9 cm  

THE STRANDING Observed in distress in a canal near Ocean Isle Beach.  Turtle rescuers Jim and Deb Boyce were on the scene to capture and transport this turtle in trouble.
It appears the front left flipper and rear right flipper were bitten by a shark.
The wounds appear to be a couple of weeks old and the turtle is in poor condition.



THE TREATMENT The turtle was cleaned and covered in antibiotic cream while fluids and antibiotics were administered. 
 
She was placed in enough water to float in without struggling to breath.  She was quite busy moving around her tank and loved lingering under the shower as her tank was filling with water.
August 26, 2007
Canal was very happy to eat breakfast on her first morning in rehab, always a good sign.
JAN 2008
After months of antibiotics, wound care and pure TLC, you wouldn't be able to tell she was missing the better part of two flippers.

MARCH 2008

Swimming in place before her late afternoon nap
APRIL 2008
The final test is to see how CANAL reacts in a larger space with deeper water.
Our good friends at the FORT FISHER AQUARIUM allowed our turtles to use one of their large tanks for swim practice.
Canal passed with fling colors, a great recovery from serious wounds.

Canal is fitted with a soft harness and Mike gives her a lift into the tank.
Fort Fisher provided the "wranglers" in the tank.

Canal is swimming free, the tether is not constricting her or pulling her in any way.
We use so we can get her back out again, otherwise, good luck.  Sea turtles are very strong in the water, it's their turf.

After a great swim Mike reaches in again it's all over for now.

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JUNE 08
 
Released  June 2008
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