Now that things have slowed down a little, we’d like to introduce some of our new patients. These turtles were all found stranded on January 3-5, 2013. Please meet:


“Neptune” LK-JMG-130103-02
Kemp’s Ridley, 15.7lbs: Neptune was found just north of Avon and will be supplemented with calcium and good nutrition before eligible for release.





“Orion” CM-FGW-130104-01
Green, 5.18lbs: Orion was found near Frisco Woods and also needs a calcium boost before release.  Low calcium levels can be common in cold stunned sea turtles.  Orion is traveling to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium to continue rehab.



“Pat” CM-EBF-130104-01
Green, 12.36lbs:  Pat was rescued in Buxton and will be receiving calcium supplementation and some good food – a short rehab will be continued at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium.




“Riley” LK-FGW-130105-04
Kemp’s Ridley, 8.9lbs:  Riley, like most of our cold stuns, stranded on the sound side of Hatteras Island.  Riley should be ready for release soon and will complete rehab at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium.



“Sydney” LK-JMG-130105-02
Kemp’s Ridley, 5.8lbs:  Sydney is traveling to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium and needs a few good meals to be better prepared for release.




“Taylor” LK-EHG-130105-04
Kemp’s Ridley, 31.4lbs:  Taylor was found stranded near Buxton, but will be ready for release soon after moving to Pine Knoll Shores.




“Valiant” CM-FGW-130105-03
Green, 4.12lbs:  Found near Buxton Woods Campground, Valiant needs some good nutrition before heading out to the open ocean and will be continuing rehab at Pine Knoll Shores. Check out the marks on the carapace left by barnacles!  These will slough off soon.



“Wader” CM-EBF-130105-01
Green, 6.6lbs:  Wader was found upside down, but still alive!  Calcium supplementation and some big meals will get this turtle ready for release.




“Xavier” CM-EHG-130105-02
Green, 4.7lbs: Found near the Haulover beach area, Xavier was slightly dehydrated and anemic and will require a bit of TLC before a release is planned.



“Zelda” CC-FGW-130105-05
Loggerhead, 77.4lbs: Zelda stranded in the Sandy Bay area, but checked out pretty well once arriving at the vet clinic.  Release should be an option very soon and Zelda is traveling to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium to finish the short recuperation.



As mentioned in an earlier post, we had many more live turtles on January 5.  Thanks to our awesome rehabilitation partners for taking many of those turtles – often so quickly we didn’t even assign names.
For those of you keeping track:
LK-FGW-130105-02 and CM-EHG-130105-01 were taken in by the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
CC-LLB-130105-01 and CC-JMG-130105-01 were transferred to the South Carolina Aquarium.
Again, our biggest thanks to both these facilities and the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for accepting some of our patients!

Stay tuned for turtles found January 6-9.