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SNOW


LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
SEPT 15, 2007
RELEASED

Weight 40 kg  
SCL: 65.9 cm  
SCW: 53.6 cm  

THE STRANDING This turtle was observed by boaters in the Snow's Cut Inlet near Carolina Beach.
They thought she was dead and brought her to shore, then notified NC wild life authorities.  They in turn asked the Turtle project from Carolina/Kure beach to collect the data from the dead turtle.  They were able to reach her by kayak, only to discover that the turtle was alive, with a terrible head wound.  They then had to find a boat to retrieve the turtle and finally transport by car to the KBSTRRC.  So, in addition to the injury this turtle had a very long day.
THE TREATMENT  
She has a fracture running from one side of her head to the other.
She was weighed and then administered an anti-inflammatory and antibiotics, before being placed in shallow water.  The wound was flushed and covered with antibiotic cream.
Sept 18, 2007
The turtle was transported to NC State School of Veterinary Medicine.
This 3D image is courtesy of NC State.


Her fractures are held together with surgical steel plates and wires.
 
MARCH 08
 
Snow's fracture is healing, no more plates or screws.
AUGUST 08
   
Snow preferred not to face the camera today.  Remember you can check her movement everyday on the turtle cam.
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