Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
                                                            TOPSAIL ISLAND,  NORTH CAROLINA

         JERSEY: Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempi) juvenile;  Admitted 8/18/98
                  Age 2-4 years;  Weight 4 pounds;  Gender undetermined
             RELEASED 11/12/98

jersey from overhead
                 View from above

THE INJURY: The most endangered and smallest of all living sea turtles, this little sea turtle was rescued by the New Jersey Marine Mammal Stranding Center.  She was found with both front flippers and one rear flipper fully entwined in a mono filament type cloth like that of a beach chair.  Further observation revealed the rear flipper to be necrotic. The mono filament had cut the blood supply completely.

THE TREATMENT:  The sea turtle was transported to the North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  Here she was attended by Dr. David Lee.  He was able to successfully amputate the right rear flipper.  After surgery the turtle was transported to the KBSTRRC.

THE PROGNOSIS:  The turtle is very lively and is eating.  She had probably been swimming without the use of the flipper for quite some time.  Given that and her young age she will probably be quite good at 3 flipper navigation.  The prognosis for recovery and release are very good.

RELEASED 11/12/98:  Jersey was driven to South Carolina by KBSTRRC volunteers.  S/He was then transported out to sea by boat and released.



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