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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2012-05-22 00:00:00
Release Location: Marineland
Last Location: 2013-04-06 03:47:17
Ed (short for edema) first was found stranded on Cumberland Island, Georgia on September 12, 2009. GSTC staff and AmeriCorps members picked up Ed from the ferry terminal in St. Maryís and transported the turtle to the center. Ed had severe edema (fluid build up) around is eyes, head and neck when he/she first arrived and floated when he/she was placed in shallow water overnight. Initially Ed did not eat and required tube feeding for medication and nutritional support. Thankfully, Ed is now eating seafood and vegetables from tongs very well. A barium contrast study was performed to highlight Edís gastrointestinal tract and revealed that the right lung was smaller than the left. To further evaluate this issue a CT scan was performed and revealed a right sided space occupying mass or fluid that was pushing on the right lung. Last week (November 12), a laparoscopic examination and bronchoscopy was performed on Ed under anesthesia. Our colleagues from University of Florida came up to assist Dr. Norton with the procedure. We determined that Ed or maybe now Edwina is a young female because we could directly visualize the ovary with the laparoscope. Edwina had clear fluid in her body cavity, the mass on the left side appeared to be outside the body cavity lining and may be clotted blood possibly secondary to trauma. Due to the compression on the lung, the lung edge is curled over abnormally and may be the cause of the buoyancy problems. The bronchoscopy allowed us to evaluate Edís trachea, bronchi and internal lung structure. Thankfully everything looked healthy. We are going to give Ed a bit more time before pursuing any further diagnostics. Hopefully a tincture of time will do the trick. Time worked, and Ed is now able to dive and swim freely within the water column now! Ed was released with Caretta Hope, Carning, and Rostrum as well as 4 turtles from the Georgia Aquarium on July 14, 2010.