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SWAN
LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile

  ADMIT
MAY 10,  2003
 RELEASED
JUNE 8, 2005
Weight  26.0 kg  40.2 kg
*CCL:  67.0 cm  64.8 *scl
*CCW:  62.3 cm  60.9 *scw
*curved measurements due to injury
THE STRANDING Found near Swansboro, NC, this juvenile loggerhead was admitted with fresh, full thickness wounds to the carapace, and deep gash in the head, consistent with propeller injuries.  NC wildlife official Wendy Cluse kept the turtle stabilized overnight until Swan could be admitted, as #22, in the morning.
The turtle was encrusted with barnacles of several varieties, raising the question of which came first, an illness causing her to float or the injury.
THE TREATMENT Upon admission the turtle was cleaned of all debris and most barnacles on the carapace.  The wounds were flushed with saline, and covered with antibiotic laden gauze pads.  Antibiotics were administered and we await the results of the blood panel.
The turtle was placed in shallow fresh water so that no effort would have to be made to breathe and to prevent water from intruding into the wounds.  The temporary stay in fresh water will kill the numerous barnacles attached to all soft tissue and the plastron.

Plate and screws were carefully placed in anesthesia by the good people at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.

The wound is packed with gauze covered in an antibiotic cream.

Then entire area is then covered.
June 15 Swan is placed in shallow water.
NOV 2003
MAY 2004
SEPT  2004
JUNE 2005
Two years of tender care have passed and Swan is now ready to return home.