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SWAN II


LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
SEPT 26, 2007

RELEASED
JUNE 3, 209

Weight  45.4 kg  74.5 kg
SCL:  72.9 cm
SCW:  57.6 cm  

THE STRANDING Observed in distress in the boat slips at Swan Point Marina & Boatyard in Sneads Ferry.  The turtle had been seen there for a couple of days but eluded rescuers until today.  Today the people at the marina were determined to locate and catch the turtle.  They spent hours watching and called us for help again.
When I arrived they had located the turtle between two boat slips.  She had been surfacing in one place all morning.  And they had a plan.

They tied a long rope to each corner of a tarp.  When the turtle surfaced next, four people each holding a rope, advanced on either side of the turtle, dragging the tarp under the water.  They managed to slip the tarp under the turtle and then bring her into safety.   That also tell us that this turtle is not well, as a turtle in good health would probably not be captured this way.  Do not try this at home.
Thanks to all at the marina who helped today.

Swan II on the dock with rescuers (l-r)
Nikki Offerman,Ed Bortree, Pat Bortree, Sandy Offerman and Ed Davis
THE TREATMENT The turtle was transported to the KBSTRRC where she was cleaned of barnacles and mud.  She is covered in leeches and leech eggs, and after receiving an antibiotic, was placed in shallow fresh water, which will kill the leeches.
SEPT 27
Swan II was ready for breakfast today which is great news.  She needs to eat.
Oct  2007
Swan II is growing stronger every day.

JAN 2008
Swan II, the vicious beast in the corner tank, all healed up and eats like nobody's business.  She is a far cry from the forlorn turtle trapped in a Marina just a few months ago.  If you give them a chance they will take every advantage to heal.
Some turtles greet you with an open mouth and this is one of those.
MAY 2008
Swan II had her Spring physical and is not yet ready to be released.  We will have to work a little harder to get her ready for Fall.
She has gained over 10 kilos, (55.7kg) and is on her way to full recovery.
 
JUNE 2008
Swan II benefits from the June 08 Release by getting the big tank.  Not only is there more room, she will greet our summer visitors as they tour the facility and have a starring role on the Turtle Cam.

AUG 2008

Swan II contemplates life with a satellite tag.  Once she leaves the limelight of the turtle cam she can be tracked by satellite.  Stay tuned.
JUNE 3, 2009
RELEASED - Tall and happy and ready to go,

Her pretty face is now a memory.
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