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Chesapeake

Arrival:  5/20/12
Release: 6/4/13
Chesapeake, a juvenile Green Sea Turtle, was found floating off Anclote Key with an oddly-shaped carapace.  We believed that at some point, Chesapeake had suffered a boat strike, and even though it healed on its own, the result was an odd curvature to her carapace and spine coupled with a moderate amount of barnacle growth and a number of small wounds (both old and new).  Her CT scan revealed significant air within her GI tract, so we began administering tube feedings, fiber capsules and mineral oil.  After successful treatment, she began foraging and sleeping at the bottom of the pool. 

Prior to release she was found to have 3 small papilloma tumors. This virus can be caused by many factors, such as environmental changes to water temperature or the improved care may have ignited the virus already present in her system.  Fortunately, she responded well to the tumor removal surgery and was cleared again for release.

 

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