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MOREHEAD
LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile

  ADMIT 
June 13, 2004
RELEASED
JUNE 8, 2005
Weight  46.6 kg  47.76 kg
SCL:  66.2 cm  67.7 cm
SCW:  53.9 cm  69.2 cm
THE STRANDING Tom Rice and his wife were out in their boat in the Intercoastal Waterway near the Atlantic Beach Causway bridge when they noticed the head and front flippers of a sea turtle, flipping as if in distress.  They slowed and maneuvered alongside when they could see that the turtle had been hit by a boat prop.  Bleeding was evident coming from the head which led them to believe that the turtle had been very recently hit.  Since there was a lot of fast moving traffic in the area, the stayed along side Morehead to shield him.  They called the Coast Guard who put them in touch with Matthew Godfrey, the NC State sea turtle biologist.  Tom and his wife held onto Moreheads shell while the boat drifted out of the wateway and toward the north side of Bogue Sound.  They were then able to get near a beach and Morehead was brought ashore and loaded into Mathhew's truck for transport to the KBSTRRC.  Thanks Rice's for the rescue.

One eye is severely damaged, cut to the plastron and one flipper.
The turtle immediately went into shock and would likely have been struck again if not for these alert and compassionate boaters who brought Morehead in.

THE TREATMENT
Taken to NC State School of Veterinary Medicine for radiographs and CT scan, July 8th.
Not determined if bone shard has penetrated into the brain.  Possibley blind in the right eye. We are erring on the side of the turtle and she was returned to the KBSTRRC that same day.
She continues to be force fed.
MAY 05
You could call Morehead the miracle turtle but then they all could be called that.  Their ability to fight and to heal is tremendous and never ceases to amaze us.
This turtle continued to heal over the winter and in just one short year is ready to be released.

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