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  •  Turtle rescue is alive and well on Cape Cod. (2+ / 0-)
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    JanL, beach babe in fl

    A few days after Sandy made landfall my wife and I happened upon a cold stunned Kemps Ridley in the wrack line the storm had thrown up during the storm.  Half buried in wind driven sand and debris, it appeared to be a lifeless body.  When my wife picked it up, we discovered it was alive, but only just.

    We contacted the local wildlife center and in less than an hour it was in the hands of a trained turtle rescue professional.  The "patient" was dispatched to the New England Aquarium Rescue Center outside of Boston, and on its way to a full recovery.

    Marked with the number 34 this is the turtle we found.

    Above is #34, a Kemp's ridley turtle who came in in critical condition. We were able to stabilize him and he is doing well now. In the photo you can see a large scab on his left eye. It is not unusual to see eye injuries from the turtles washing around in the surf into rocks or being accessible to scavengers. This turtle is on an eye medication every day to help that wound heal. We already have a couple other turtles with similar eye injuries and are on daily eye antibiotics.
    There were a remarkable number of turtle rescues this past season.  The New England Aquarium Rescue blog is full of photos and information about these incredible creatures.  Please take a look and  consider volunteering or contributing in some way to help protect these creatures increasingly difficult lives.

    It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. - John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

    by ovals49 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:57:26 AM PST

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