Rehabilitated turtle prepares for release

In July, a loggerhead sea turtle came to the Aquarium through our Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP), which takes in stranded marine animals with the goal of treating them back to health and releasing them back into their natural habitats.

 Upon arrival the turtle was thin and her shell was covered with barnacles, mussels, and a thick growth of algae. To assess the turtle’s health, the Aquarium’s veterinary staff needed to evaluate the condition of her shell and check for any internal disease.

For this very special case, the vets called on the help of outside healthcare professionals. The radiology staff at John’s Hopkins Hospital stepped in to help. They volunteered their time and gave the Aquarium staff after hours access to their equipment, so the vets could get a good look at the turtles internal functions. Check out the video:

With the help of John’s Hopkins, the Aquarium vets were able to determine some minor problems with the health of her shell and have been able to treat the condition.  The MARP team is now planning to transport the turtle to Florida in February for release into warmer waters.


2 Responses to “Rehabilitated turtle prepares for release”

  1. 1 George G. Silvas II February 7, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for your help with the turtle. In order for us as humans, we need to take care of our environment and its habitats. Keep up the important work. Please keep me informed on other events. If I can assist in support, please let me know.

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