Collaborative Effort Helps In Rehabilitation of Sea Turtle

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By: wowt Email

Bubbles is an Atlantic green sea turtle was deemed non-releasable and arrived at the zoo in 2003.

The turtle was injured by a boat propeller in Florida and was unable to dive, an essential function for sea turtles.

Bubbles would occasionally eat very little, if at all for weeks at a time.

In January, 2010, she stopped eating completely and would not start again, indicating that she was sick.

The turtle was treated for multiple disease conditions and various diagnostic procedures were carried out on Bubbles, but due to Bubbles’ size and anatomy, Zoo veterinarians were not able to get good x-ray images of Bubbles’ internal structures.

Last August, the Medical Center was able to perform a CT scan of Bubbles to help find rehabilitative methods for the turtle..

Bubbles is not back to 100% yet but she is much better.

Zoo visitors can find Bubbles in the tunnel of the Scott Aquarium.


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