Gaby was rescued by a lobster boat captain on October 5 when he found her entangled in a lobster trap line. This is a testament to our 25 years of educating the community about sea turtles when captains know to call us for permission (sea turtles are protected species) and bring turtles in for medical care instead of just cutting them loose. Thanks to the captain’s quick response, we were able to amputate Gaby’s dangling right rear flipper before it caused infection and possibly death. The amputation healed very quickly, and Gaby was otherwise a very strong turtle. Turtles can survive very well with missing flippers.
Gaby, named after the boat captain’s son, was released on November 30 off of Coco Plum Beach by hospital staff.