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VIRGINIA


LOGGERHEAD

Caretta caretta

Juvenile


ADMIT
October 28, 2009
RELEASED

Weight  41.0  kg  
*CCL:  71.0 cm  
*CCW:  70.5 cm  

THE STRANDING Found in Pamlico Sound near Ocracoke, with three boat propeller wounds to the carapace, two into the body cavity.
Initially taken to CMAST and examined by Dr. Craig Harms.  Dr. Harms administered antibiotics and flushed the wounds of debris.
THE TREATMENT The turtle was placed in shallow water, enough to float.  The wounds were covered  with antibiotic cream.

Spring 2010
Virginia was placed in a regular tank in plenty of water, and like all turtles felt right at home.  Her wounds were attended to multiple times per week.
She has a great appetite.
Fall 2010
Virginia has been upsized to the nice aqua tank by the south window.
Her wounds continue to heal.
January 2011
Sea turtles keep their gender a secret until they reach their teens.  Then the males begin to sport a tail which extends beyond the carapace.  Virginia is just the right age and has recently announced s/he is Virgil, not Virginia. 
Here she is sunbathing on a sunny winter day.
 
MARCH 2011
Big day for a big boy.  Tagged and ready to go.  He weighed in at a whopping 61 kg and that's almost 152 pounds.
 
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