Duke (March 15, 2008)
Concerned boaters found a floating, sub adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle off of Rodriguez Key, near Tavernier. Contacting the FWC, they were authorized to bring the 93 pound turtle aboard their boat and transport it to Tavernier Creek Marina where Turtle Hospital staff met them.
Duke is strong and eating offered squid. Tests are underway to determine the cause of the floating problem.
Update March 19, 2008
X-rays and bloodwork indicate Duke has a body cavity infection. This would cause the turtle to float. Treatment will be antibiotics.
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