The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.

Ciao Debi!!!!

Debi was also rescued by FWC and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) while conducting their Florida Bay “Capture Turtle Project”. Dr. Doug Mader, of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, took a look at Debi’s x-ray which revealed she had swallowed a j-hook which was lodged in her throat and too far down her esophagus to retrieve without injuring her further. We were all thankful that her x-rays confirmed a corroding hook; it was not a stainless steel hook which will last over a thousand years before beginning to decay. She was released on June 26th by FWC and NOAA by boat near the same location she was found.

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