Sunday, April 5, 2009

Turtle Hospital

Photo: Corvette Diver via Flickr

March 29, 2009 was a day that will stick in the minds of the Turtle Hospital’s staff for quite a while. The hospital for sick turtles is located in Marathon, FL so it is not common for loggerhead turtles to found there. Hospital personnel assumed it had gotten lost; but, after further examination, they determined that the turtle was sick. She had large barnacles on her shell and she appeared to be emaciated – neither signs of a healthy turtle.

As all good hospital personnel are trained to do when a seriously ill patient is outside the doors – you go to the patient to begin treatment immediately. And go, they did. Hospital staff jumped into dinghies, nets at the ready and went in search of their patient.

It was nearly an hour before they could locate their patient; but, finally the 73-pound turtle surfaced after 45 minutes. She was hauled into the boat, discovered to be a female and named Kincaid.

After blood work was done, it was discovered that Kincaid was septic. Septicemia or blood poisoning is a body-wide infection; and, if left untreated will cause death. Kincaid is expected to make a full recovery after a few weeks of antibiotics and treatment.

This is from the Turtle Hospital blog:
This was by far the easiest rescue to date! If there was ever a case for evolution… this would seem to be evidence like no other – a sick animal arriving at the hospital on its own! Of course, we could only wish this were true.

I would like to think there were other forces at work here that guided Kincaid to where she needed to be.

You can follow her progress by visiting the Turtle Hospital’s blog.

Once her treatment is finished, Kincaid will be released back into the harbor where she was found, just fifty feet from the hospital. If you are in the area of the Turtle Hospital, you can drop in and give Kincaid your well wishes personally. Visitors are allowed.

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