Three Greens Head Home!

(Post shared by Buster Nunemaker from the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island).

 

Nest Release 8-3-15 by OBX Life Photography

Nest Release 8-3-15 by OBX Life Photography

Nest Release 8-3-15 OBX Life Photography7 Augie Nest Release 8-3-15 OBX Life Photography8 AugieTo see some great pictures of the release please visit OBX Life Photography, we are very grateful to them for capturing all of the great moments!! (Unfortunately we are having issues with our website in regards to photo viewing, so this is the best place to see all of these wonderful photos).

Threatening skies did not discourage over 400+ visitors, locals and volunteers who attended the release of 3 green sea turtles by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center and the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) on the beach in Nags Head Monday, August 03, 2015.

Augie, who had been in the STAR Center for over 2 years, with an open front flipper fracture, was fitted with a splint made on a 3-D printer by members of the North Carolina State University, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology and STAR Center staffs. Their involvement was a highly successful inter-departmental collaboration, and everyone involved is excited at the prospect of further developing these techniques in aquatic animals. Augie tolerated the splint very well, allowing ongoing care of the exposed bone on his flipper. The splint remained in place for 40 days, then was removed when the flipper was palpably stable. For the other 2, Sea Biscuit and Crab, their short stay in the STAR Center were highlighted by daily care by STAR Center and N.E.S.T. staff and volunteers, while feasting on blue crabs and other nutritious foods prepared for their eventual return to the ocean.

As the release progressed and it became Augie’s turn, the closer to the ocean he got, the faster his flippers seemed to gyrate. Once released into the surf, Augie surfaced several times, popping his head out of the water as to say, “Thank you for treating me so well while I was in your care,” then he disappeared below the surface to be free once again, in the sea where his life began.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island wants to recognize the Town of Nags Head, Nags Head Police, Network for Endangered Sea Turtles and all the people who attended the release yesterday morning. A big thank you to the Aquarium staff and volunteers for their efforts in conservation and sea turtle rehabilitation.

To find out how you can volunteer or make a donation to the STAR Center, email starcenter@ncaquariums.com or visit N.E.S.T.’s website at www.nestonline.org.

To view video footage, visit www.OuterBanksVoice.com.

Sea turtles get scans at Sentara Kitty Hawk

Shared By RANDI CLARK, Communications and Marketing Advisor at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center (photos compliments of Shooters at the Beach)

First up: Fin, a Kemp's ridley found stranded on Hatteras Island in November 2014, got a scan for the second year to check on the healing of skull and flipper fractures (photo compliments of Shooters at the Beach).

 

Four sea turtles from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island received CT scans at the Sentara Kitty Hawk campus on Friday. The scans help aquarium staff to get a better look into the extent of the how well the turtles are recovering from injuries.

“Our staff is always excited about taking care of the turtles and we look forward to these opportunities,” said Anna Lambert, diagnostic imaging manager of Sentara Kitty Hawk. “It is a privilege to be a part of their recovery and to know that it makes a difference.”

Augie, a green sea turtle found in July 2013 by the Beaufort, NC Coast Guard, is a possible candidate to be returned to the sea this year. Augie suffered fractures to two of his flippers, apparently from an interaction with a boat.

Early CT scans allowed a specialized splint to be created with a 3D printer by the North Carolina State University College of Engineering. Since both front flippers were injured, Augie has been at the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center for an extended period of time. Veterinarians have been monitoring Augie’s progress to be sure that the flipper bones are growing properly.

Local Scanning is Key: Long transports are difficult for the sea turtles so scanning locally is important (photo compliments of Shooters at the beach).

“We hope this CT scan is the last before this turtle is cleared for release!” said Christian Legner, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island Curator. If cleared, Augie will likely return to the wild in August.

The aquarium’s STAR Center, operated in partnership with the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST), rehabilitates sick and injured sea turtles. The goal of the program is to rehabilitate then reintroduce the turtles back into the sea. The Center currently houses 8 sea turtles.

Seafoam, a green sea turtle stranded in Corolla in June 2015, has what appear to be crushing injuries to the carapace and a fractured pelvis. This scan will help vets quickly choose the best way to treat this turtle (photo compliments of Shooters at the beach).