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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2010-07-14 00:00:00
Release Location: Jekyll Island
Last Location: 2010-09-02 06:04:21
Ed (short for edema) 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. Mary’s and transported the turtle to the center. Ed had severe edema (fluid build up) around his/her 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 Ed’s 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.
Ed is the first green sea turtle at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center to receive a satellite transmitter. We hope to learn more about green turtles migration and foraging patterns.