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.
She didn’t take kindly to being man-handled!
Back where she belongs.
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.
July 27, 2006
Here are some shots from Kali’s release (thanks Chris for the stretcher-bearers shot). She is so big and strong that she has the potential to break a rib if she hit someone so we had to do something different from our standard release procedure. 314 pounds of mad turtle is not something to be taken lightly (sorry about the pun). This was the largest turtle that we have released here at the center (thanks to Jeff for the stats).
She was placed in a large manatee sling – she was put on her back to keep her from crawling out of the sling. Then she was driven to the beach in a pick up truck and carried down to the water by a bunch of really strong volunteers and the guys from the power plant. Once placed on the beach she practically launched herself out of the sling (you can see Ed dodging her below). Man, she was big and beautiful and awesome to have around for a few days.
July 20, 2006
Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up today to help see Kali off – we were thankful for the crowd control and shear muscle power. We also had help in the form of more muscle and a manatee sling from the FPL guys who originally rescued her as well (thanks Mike and Ed). We will have to wait to see if Chris got any good shots to show you how she got back to the beach. But in the meantime you can see some more pics of her if you click her name above. Note the mating scars (notches) on the front of her carapace in the shoulder area. That’s one of the reasons we are sure she has eggs to lay.
With all the hubbub around Kali, the arrival of another (much smaller) new green last week kind of got overlooked. Frappuccino is also a turtle who is healthy with a minor injury and won’t be here too long.
We did get another new turtle in today – more about her in the next post.
July 19, 2006
Meet Kali, the latest visitor to the LMC. She is the 2nd largest turtle we have ever had here.
She is 314 pounds of very mad green turtle. She came in because of a small injury above the eye and another on the right front flipper.
Dr. Mettee stitched up the flipper this morning – you have never seen a faster sewing job – Kali is not exactly patient. The eye injury is small and will remain untreated. It is nesting season for greens and Kali shows fairly recent mating scars. We are certain that Kali is gravid and needs to nest sometime soon. So we are just holding her for 48 hours of observation to make sure she is okay. The plan is to release her Thursday at around 11:30 or 12. We are getting her back out as quickly as possible because of those eggs.
So, sorry about the short notice but if you can get here before then – it is worth the trip!
July 18, 2006
314 pounds. That’s all for now – more later. But if you are able to get to the Center between now and Saturday I suggest that you do . . .