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Caretta caretta

Juvenile

  ADMIT
NOV 26, 2003
RELEASED
Sept 15, 2004
Weight  39.8 kg  51.2 kg
SCL: 66.0 cm  69.7 cm
SCW:  52.3 cm  55.1 cm
THE STRANDING Found in a pound net in Core Sound and brought in by the good folks at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC.
THE TREATMENT The Turtle has injuries consistent with being dropped from a net onto a hard surface.  The turtle has 3 fractures running the full length of the carapace, a fracture of the plastron, exposed bone at the marginals; as well as a full load of leeches.
The turtle is surprisingly strong, as we found when we weighed her.  Then she received injections of antibiotics and vitamins.  Blood was drawn and the PCV was 11%.  The  turtle was initially placed in shallow fresh water to kill the unwanted epibiotic load. When presented with food she was very eager to eat. 
 
1. The red lines represent the fractures 2,3. Overview and close-up of damage nuchal area

1. View from the rear 2. Close-up of carapace bone at the front flipper 3. Close-up of leeches embedded in the soft tissue of the neck.
A view of plastron.  The fracture is noted in blue.
JAN 3, 04
Duke is responding very well to daily treatments of antibiotic baths.  He is now submerged in sea water with a healthy appetite.
MAY   2004 As we have discovered so many times before, Sea Turtles have a remarkable ability to recover and heal.  Duke is no exception.  Despite being terribly injured, daily, tedious attention to wounds, and TLC, has proven once again that these turtles can be rehabbed and released.  Now if we could just keep them out of nets and harms way.
SEPT   2004 This was a very fast recovering, especially considerating the severity of the injuries.