New arrival

Today we got a new loggerhead from the power plant. This is Sparrow (Pirates anyone?) and as you can see Sparrow has a problem.


The problem is in the form of a rather large hook in the esophagus. What you see is the steel wire leader (with some of the sharp ends wrapped in duct tape to protect the turtle). The hook looks quite similar to the hook we removed from Miriam (click her name to see Miriam’s x-ray and hook) several month ago. That one proved to be a recreational shark hook and we’re guessing this is the same type. A potential surgery is scheduled for tomorrow to remove it. The turtle is otherwise healthy and fat and not really happy with us at the moment – which is how a loggerhead should be.

Elphie was released on Hutchinson Island in a private goodbye by Dr. Mettee. That sure was a cute little green and we are happy to have saved that flipper. Special thanks goes out to all the volunteers that did “turtle treadmill” therapy to help her get better.


2 Responses to New arrival

  1. J. R. "Jeffy" Porter says:

    Yo, Sandy,

    Just logged onto the “blog” at the hotel here in Savannah. “Sailor” looks like “Miriam” all over again. I didn’t notice anything about the new green, which I know could mean not-so-good things. I look forward to trying to give “Sailor” shots without losing my face or a hand. Talk to you soon.


  2. Sandy says:

    Hey Jeffy,

    Thanks for visiting! And thanks for leaving a comment – it’s good to know at least one person is reading this! 😛 The little green you are referring to kinda got lost in the week here. That turtle was picked up by FWC, it was unfortunately deceased on Monday morning. And yes, Sparrow is spunky 🙂

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