Location: Fishing pier in Safety Harbor; Pinellas County.
Reason for Rescue: Hook ingestion.
WEIGHT: 4.2 kg (9.2 lbs).
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 30.6 cm.
EXAM FINDINGS: Quiet but alert, good body condition. Unable to remove hook with forceps.
INITIAL TREATMENT: Fluids and anti-inflammatory medication.
War is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley that was caught by a fisherman off a pier in Safety Harbor, Florida. The fisherman cut the line in hopes to be able to remove the hook, however, this actually causes the hook to be ingested more. Upon reviewing x-rays, it was determined the hook could not be removed without surgery.
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