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Cocoa

Happy Rescue Anniversary!

Green Sea Turtle
Male - 50 kilos.
Diet: Squid, Capelin, and Lefty Greens
Arrival Date: 02/28/99
Our gentle boy, Cocoa, was found by a fisherman floating near the Hanlover Canal in Cocoa Beach, Florida on February 28, 1999. Cocoa had deep propeller damage to his head, right front flipper and plastron, as well as one golf-ball sized tumor on his ventral side. Recovered by the Coast Guard, he arrived at Clearwater Marine Aquarium on March 1, 1999. On closer examination of his wounds, it was found that the most severe injuries were sustained on his head. Although he has overcome many obstacles, the trauma he received to his head has done a substantial amount of damage, leaving him completely blind. Cocoa regained normal mobility in his flippers. While he has the ability to swim normally, dive, and rest on the bottom, he is a unique case because he cannot forage nor locate food on his own. Every day, one of our volunteers gets into the rehab pool with Cocoa and hand-feeds him squid, fish, and greens. This is not just an exciting experience for our volunteers, but for Cocoa as well, because we use his feeding time as an opportunity for tactile enrichment. Cocoa is located in Turtle Bayou, near the harbor deck.

Donate now to give Cocoa a gift in honor of his rescue anniversary.

 

 

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