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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2011-08-12 20:00:00
Release Location: Nantucket Sound
Last Location: 2011-12-29 01:16:11
BHMCS Room 249 and 246
Mrs. Valenti's Third Grade Class
Ms. Hanley's Fifth Grade Class
Pat and Roger
Linda Joy Schmitt
Ms. Patricia Grace
Jill Tucker's 1st Grade Class
This green sea turtle arrived during the 2010 New England Cold-Stun season. We decided on an astrological theme for naming this year's group of sea turtles which is how the name “Ophelia” was chosen. This turtle came in underweight and unresponsive although, it had a good heart rate and respiratory rate. The turtle responded very well to initial therapy and was off its prophylactic antibiotic within a month of starting the medication. As this turtle proceeded through rehabilitation we saw a marked increase in weight, gaining over 4.5kg (almost 10lbs) close to tripling his weight! The turtle’s tail has also increased in length more than the other four green sea turtles in rehabilitation leading us to believe this may be a male turtle. If this is the case this turtle will hopefully never set a flipper on land again. We wish “Ophelia” good luck in the open ocean!