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OCEANS ELEVEN


LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
NOV 9, 2009
RELEASED

Weight 49  kg  
SCL: 75 cm   cm
SCW:  cm  cm

THE STRANDING Found in a pound net with nearly 50% of her carapace crushed.  The wounds were about 3-4 weeks.  She defied the odds and managed to survive in reasonably good condition despite the injury.
A NOAA observer rescued the turtle and state wildlife biologist Wendy Cluse
delivered the turtle to the KBSTRRC.
THE TREATMENT She was rinsed of debris and placed in fresh water to release all of the leeches which were everywhere.  With each breath, the entire left side of carapace would be drawn into her body cavity.  The carapace was in many pieces.
NOV 13, 2009
Sandy Sly and Gayle Childress began the day preparing #31, as she was known then, for her ride to the School of Veterinary Medicine at NC State, a journey of about 3 hours.  It would be a long day for all. 
#31 emerged from a 2+ hour surgery with ELEVEN surgical plates holding her jigsaw puzzle of a carapace together.
 
photo courtesy Bobby Peterson
Both lungs were completely inflated.  It seemed a miracle that she survived.
Turtle and escorts returned home about 8 PM.
NOV 2009

Oceans11 requires daily wound care.  Plates and screws are carefully flushed.
The wounds are soaked in betadine, rinsed clean and then covered with antibiotic cream and ointment.  Water level gradually increased.
She is eating.  The most delicate eating loggerhead ever.
NOV 2010
As the wounds knit together some of the plates and screws are removed.
Just a couple more to go.
JUNE 2011

Brace free, Oceans 11 enjoys a shower while her tank re-fills.
JUNE 2012
Oceans has enjoyed continued healing while cruising around in the best tank in the house.
She still has some plastron issues and will be in residence for a while longer.

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