Patient Status: Current.
Green sea turtle Havarti and the fishing hook that was removed from the turtle’s esophagus.
Date Found: February 17, 2018.
Location Found: Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier.
Reason for Rescue: Caught with a fishing hook at Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier.
WEIGHT: 2.9 kg (6.38 lbs)
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 27.9 cm (11 in)
EXAM FINDINGS: Superficial abrasion to marginal scute; few barnacles; scab near right hind flipper; quiet and alert; hook ingestion.
On February 17, 2018, a juvenile green sea turtle was caught at Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier and brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium as a hook ingestion case. Upon arrival, our vet team took radiographs to get a better idea of how big the hook was and exactly where in the esophagus it was located. Due to the large size of the hook, it had to be removed surgically. Unfortunately, Havarti has had some complications from the hook which require further care.
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NAMING THEME: Cheese.
3/18/18 – Hook removal surgery.
4/10/18 – Started receiving swim time during the day.
All marine turtle footage taken in Florida was obtained with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles. Footage was acquired while conducting authorized conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-18-172.