New arrival

August 1, 2006

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

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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.


Welcome to the Turtle Yard!

June 28, 2006

Welcome to the Turtle Yard blog. This is where we will keep you informed about what happens in the sea turtle rehabilitation program.

It’s been a busy few days here. Last Friday Zola was released and then Miriam went on Saturday. Both were strong, feisty and made a beeline for the open sea. Sunday saw the arrival of 2 new small green turtles. Both are in rough shape with neurological issues. So while we are treating them we are keeping our fingers crossed.