New Blog

September 11, 2006

Well, it’s been a busy week here but at the computer, not in the yard. We have finally got a new version of the blog up and running. It looks a little different but it has solved some of the problems that kept us from making it public. We will continue to tweak it as the weeks go by but we’d like you guys to take it for a test drive before we put a link on the website.

Apologies to those of you that posted comments in the past – they got lost in the transition. 😦 So you’ll just have to leave new comments! We’ll get back to turtles here shortly . . .

We’re going to stop posting here – so click over to the new blog and bookmark it.

New Blog
As of December 2008 that blog was shut down and is no longer available.


Emerald

September 6, 2006

Wow – where do the days go?! Sorry about the delay in getting to this! Here is Emerald. The first info that we got on this turtle (see previous post) was wrong. Not an adult and not male. This is a very large sub-adult, female, green turtle. A mouthful to say and a handful to wrangle. She is fat and healthy and not really happen at all about her visit here.

She came in with numerous scrapes on her head and carapace, not unlike Kali – just a bit smaller at 200 pounds instead of the whopping 315 of Kali. The wounds were not severe and although some were very near her left eye, there was no injury to the eye itself. Our concern with head injuries is that there could be internal damage that we are unable to assess. We had a male green die of internal bleeding in the brain last summer. So, we kept Emerald here for 72 hours of observation in hopes that no further internal damage had occurred.

Given that the wounds will heal just fine on their own and she does not appear to be suffering from further injury we released her last night. She took off like a rocket once she hit the water and we never even saw her come up for a breath!

The white patches are scrapes down to the bone.

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She didn’t take kindly to being man-handled!

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Back where she belongs.

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New patient

September 2, 2006

We just got a call from the folks at FWC and they have a near adult size green turtle that doesn’t have severe injuries but needs at least a check up and observation.  This turtle should be at the center sometime later today.  Sure is a season of large green turtles for us.  We have gone several years without a large green but have recently had Fiona and Kali. Stay tuned for more details on the new one.