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LEA


LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
  SEPT 2012
RELEASED

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THE STRANDING We got a call one morning from concerned boaters and long time nesting program volunteers, David and Dee Askins, who noticed a large Loggerhead struggling in the marshy areas behind Lea  Island, an area not too far south of Topsail. Our combined first attempt at rescue proved futile because of the deep, murky water and a turtle that had just enough fight left to avoid the humans trying to get to her. The next day an intern and water rescue expert, Alastair, hospital volunteer Jennifer and the Askins decided to try again at low tide, hoping shallower water would improve their chances for capture.

While bravely plodding through the muck Alastair thought he saw a shadow and instinctively thrust his arms and body into the abyss and came up hugging a very large sea turtle. Our mud-covered intern slowly carried this weakened, equally muddy and barnacle-clad critter back to the boat. Upon arrival at the hospital both were hosed off before being admitted, but thankfully only Lea needed further treatment after the ordeal.
THE TREATMENT Some turtles just seem to need food, food, food.
Although she wasn’t injured this big gal was really, really sick. Alastair became her main caretaker, sitting by her side for hours singing, humming and patting her to calm her, sending her positive vibes and carefully following her treatment protocol. One of the most important steps to recovery is the willingness of a turtle to eat, and Lea has been cooperative and enthusiastic in this regard. Months later she still can never seem to get enough food – seriously - we DO give her plenty!pping by to say “hey,” but she reserves her special grin for Alastair.
August 2, 2013
Lea continued to respond and eat well and used the winter to bulk up.
She was released with satellite tag and you can follow her on seaturtle.org




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