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 CARTER II


GREEN

Chelonia mydas
  Juvenile

ADMIT
10-10-07
DIED
SEPT 14, 2011
Weight  2.5 kg  
SCL: 27.8 cm  
SCW: 21.9 cm  

THE STRANDING
Carter II was found with a plastron fracture.
State Sea Turtle Biologist Wendy Cluse received a call from NMFS, who received a call from the Aquarium, who may or may not have received the original call, about an injured leatherback in Bogue Sound.  Hearing about strandings this way is a bit like playing that game "telephone."   Wendy called the man who originally reported it, and he described the turtle as 4-5
lbs.  Whew.  Definitely not a leatherback.  The turtle was spotted in
the marina of a brand-new subdivision, and he's pretty lucky because
no one was around except a few construction workers.  Someone just
happened to be taking a break near the docks and spotted this
guy.  He looked like he was having trouble submerging (although it
didn't stop him from munching on some seaweed floating by), so the
guy decided to tell someone.  By the time Wendy got there, some kids
helped get him out of the water with a dip net, and that's when they
noticed the gash on his plastron.  She told them she would be taking him
to a rehab center, and he said, "the Beasley Center in Topsail?  Cool...."
THE TREATMENT Carter's wounds are cleaned each day and covered with Tegaderm.



She's a hand full.
DEC 2007

JAN 2008
Carter's wound has healed very well and now has minimal care daily.  She has taken to eating whatever she can off of the bottom.   Good turtle.
 MAY 2008
Carter has some mobility issues that have not resolved. She holds her head down and favors swimming in circles.
 
JUNE 2008
What a difference a day makes.  CarterII was moved to a larger tank, closer to a window.  She is curious about her new boundaries and is more comfortable in shallow water.
 
CarterII checking out her new tank.    Carter's unique scute pattern
AUG 2008
  
Carter II loves hanging out on the pipe.
JAN 2011
 
SEPT 2011
 
In the end Carter was not able to overcome her neurological problems.
 She was a great sea turtle.  Loved green peppers and was looking forward to short walks on the beach one day.
Swim in Peace, Carter II. 
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