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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stranding on Myrtle Beach-Live Transport

Around 6PM on Tuesday, August 26, SC DNR called with a report of a live stranding on Myrtle Beach, 3 Ave S.  Transport needed to Sea  Turtle Hospital in Charleston.



Poor thing, front right flipper was badly damaged.  Old wound, bone exposed.

Shark Bite?  Boat Strike?


3 Myrtle Beach Beach Patrol Officers watched over
this turtle until helped arrive
 

Taken off the beach to a waiting car, carried in a large tarp to protect carapace


Arrival in SC Sea Turtle Hospital

Triage team is waiting and start working immediately



Pictures are taken


 

 


This little guy is in a lot of pain, pain killers are administered


Heart beat, very slow and irregular 


Lets hope for the best for this little turtle, very young juvenile, only about 50 pounds
Not only is flipper badly damaged, jaw is also compromised, missing section of
upper jaw with a barnacle settling into the void, indicating wound
is about 2 months old.  Later exam reveals damage to hind flipper as well as 
Plastron.

A hug thanks to the 3 Myrtle Beach Beach Patrol Officers and to any and all
who helped this poor turtle while on the beach.

A big thanks to NMB Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteer Maddy who helped transport to 
Charleston.  A 5 hour round trip, she kept me awake while driving the long, empty road, 
arriving back in NMB after 1 AM

Updates as they become available.

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