A project of Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2015-03-21 10:29:00
Release Location: Juno Beach, FL
Last Location: 2015-09-19 01:59:50
Elsa is an adult loggerhead sea turtle that was hooked by a fisherman at the Juno Beach Pier on October 13, 2014. Elsa is one of the first success stories of Loggerhead Marinelife Center's newly launched Responsible Pier Initiative. Arriving underweight and with a heavy barnacle load, the bloodwork revealed that Elsa was anemic and hypoglucemic. Radiographs showed that Elsa also had two fishing hooks, one in the mouth and the other further past the esophagus. The hook from Elsa's mouth was successfully removed by LMC's veterinarian and the second hook passed with no issues. Elsa was placed in freshwater for the first few days to remove any external parasites and was started on Parenteral Nutrition. After receiving antibiotics, fluids, and iron injections, Elsa gained weight and showed normal bloodwork. Elsa was successfully released off of Juno Beach on March 21, 2015.