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OCRACOKE II

LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
FEB 17, 2012
DIED
AUG 2012
Weight 32.0  kg  
SCL: 62.5 cm
SCW: 55.8 cm

THE STRANDING Cold stunned and floating in the inlet at Ocracoke, the birds moved in and damaged this turtle's left eye.  She was initially treated with antibiotics before transport to the KBSTRRC by Sarah of Wildlife Resources Commission.

THE TREATMENT Once in house, the eye was flush with sterile water.  The eye lid is swollen and bleeding and the lid remains closed.  The actual eye has not been examined so the extent of damage is unknown.  She was placed in shallow fresh water for the night.
    
Jean Beasley and interns discuss treatment prior to flushing and treating the eye.
April 21, 2012
After a few weeks of encouraged eating, Ocracoke is learning to survive with one eye.   Each day for the first month we carefully cleaned her and administered eye drops in both eyes.  She is eating on her own.  How did she get into trouble in the first place?  We dont't know, but she had certainly eaten the wrong thing in the wild.  When turtles eat plastic, they feel full yet receive no nutrients.  A sure way to starve to death.

Where did your single use plastic to today?


A view from above
Left Eye                 Right Eye

Ocracoke had surgery to remove the dead scutes on her carapace.
She has since become uninterested in eating and has a bit of a list.

Ocracoke was not able to overcome her problems and died during the night.
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