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Caretta caretta
Loggerhead 
Juvenile
Admitted May 31, 2002
  Admit  Released
Weight  31.5 kg  
SCL:
 
SCW: 
 
THE STRANDING
Found near Indian Beach, NC with a full thickness carapace fracture, consistent with a boat propeller cut. The fracture is about 12 inches long and an inch deep. 
TREATMENT The wound was flushed with saline and packed with antibiotic cream covered gauze.  The sea turtle was placed in shallow sea water.
UPDATE July 13, 2002 Today the sea turtle went through a lengthy wound debridment.  Pieces of broken bone were removed and the entire wound was thoroughly flushed and cleaned before being repacked with antibiotic cream and gauze.