Juvenile, Kemp’s ridley
Patient Status: Released on May 9.
Date Found: March 3, 2018.
Location Found: Unknown location.
Reason for Rescue: Fishing line and hook ingestion.
WEIGHT: 2.3 kg (5.06 lbs)
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 24.1 cm (9.41 cm)
EXAM FINDINGS: Mild epibiota on carapace and plastron; fishing line and hook ingestion – roughly 12 inches of fishing line extending from mouth; alert and active; good body condition.
INITIAL TREATMENT: Received fluids and vitamins.
On March 3, 2018, an FWC officer responded to a call concerning a juvenile Kemp’s ridley with about a foot of fishing line hanging from its mouth. The sea turtle was brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the vet team took radiographs to determine if there was a hook at the other end of the fishing line. There was a hook about six centimeters deep into the esophagus that was successfully removed.
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NAMING THEME: Cheese.
FUN FACT: Named after a Hungarian cheese.
3/4/18 – Hook removal surgery.
3/6/18 – Swim test.
3/25/18 – Deep water swim time.
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.