Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Ocracoke Island, NC
Arrival Date: 02/11/2010
Weight: ~ 65 lbs
NC experienced another sea turtle cold-stunning event during the weekend of February 6-8. Unfortunately, many of the animals died as a result. This loggerhead is one of 20 lucky sea turtles to make it to the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for initial treatment from Jean and her crew. The turtle was then transported to the South Carolina Aquarium to continue treatment until it comes time for release. The internal body temperature of this animal upon stranding was 51 degrees F.
Initial treatments include fluids, antibiotics and radiographs. Radiographs show signs of gas in the intestines. “Beasley” is very active and eating live blue crabs eagerly (1 per day). It is likely that the decreased GI motility from the cold-stunning allowed some bacterial fermentation which made the gas.
Isle of Palms County Park, SC