Rebel, an adult Loggerhead, came to the hospital in August of 1991. He had suffered a boat hit resulting in paralysis of his rear flippers from spinal cord damage and was unable to dive to search for food as his posterior end was bobbing at the surface. His wound was nearly healed when he was rescued, but he had become very underweight and weak because he could not dive to the bottom to feed. He quickly regained his weight and strength at the hospital, but still could not dive to the bottom on his own. Because of this injury, Rebel became a permanent resident and was fitted with a lead weight to overcome his flotation problem. Like Bubble-Butt, he will have to remain here at the hospital for the rest of his life.
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