Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
There were no new arrivals at the RC again this week, leading us to believe that the Caretta carettas have headed south for warmer waters. For our resident turtles, things went on as usual: tube-feedings, treatment of injuries, medications administered, etc.
This week our veterinarian, Dr. Lyto, performed three surgeries.
On Tuesday 10th January, “Anastasia”, a 13-kilo turtle who had arrived at the RC on 26th August 2011, was scheduled for surgery for a possible intestinal problem. Because of the difficulty and high risks associated with this surgery, it was chosen with caution and because her condition had worsened. Unfortunately, she did not survive the surgery. She will be missed by all the volunteers who patiently and lovingly cared for her all these months.
On Wednesday 11th January, “Giannis” (whose X-ray photo and story appeared in last weekʼs report), successfully had a hook removed from his esophagus. After this type of surgery, turtles are usually kept warm and out of the water for 48 hours to give the incision a chance to heal, as well as for them to be monitored constantly. Hereʼs a photo of “Giannis” in the RC office – you can just see his nose and the tip of his beak peaking out of his towels. The jars you can see at the right were filled with warm water and placed inside his box to provide extra warmth. Shortly after this photo was taken, “Giannis” was put back into his heated tank in the intensive care unit, where he immediately swam around and dove as usual.
On Thursday 12th January, “Alkyoni” received surgery to remove her right front flipper, which had failed to improve despite the treatment she had received since arriving at the Centre on 25th October from Naxos. Unfortunately, she did not survive the surgery. This is sad news, especially since her previous surgery to remove the hook she had in her esophagus was successful (photo). She will be missed by us all.
Did you know ... ?
Itʼs not possible to tell whether Caretta carettas are male or female until they are adults. At that time, some physical differences between the sexes become noticeable: Adult males have longer tails, shorter plastrons, and longer claws than females, the carapace of males are wider and less dome-shaped than the femalesʼ, and males typically have wider heads than females. (photo of Manolisʼ head being measured)