[MARINE_BIOLOGY_INTERNATIONAL] Sea Turtle Patient JP in Recovery After Successful Surgery


Sea Turtle Patient JP in Recovery After Successful Surgery

On September 21, we received one of our newest patients, a sub adult loggerhead sea turtle named JP. The turtle arrived at the center after being accidentally hooked by a fisherman at Juno Beach Pier. The turtle was rescued through the combined efforts of local fishermen as well as Ocean Rescue and pier staff. Upon arrival at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, radiographs were taken of the turtle which revealed JP had ingested three additional hooks, not including the one in the mouth. Cases like JP's are common, as turtles that frequently forage near piers often have more hooks than are externally visible.

JP is a perfect example of well executed training. This May, LMC participated in a meeting with staff from the Juno Beach Pier, Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue, Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management, and Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation for a Sea Turtle First Response Training Class. The goal of this class was to provide first responders at piers and beaches with the necessary information to respond effectively to traumatic sea turtle injuries and strandings on or around the pier. Updated signage will be posted at the pier, in addition to the training we provided, explaining how to respond if a turtle is accidentally caught on a fishing hook. Due to everyone involved in JP's rescue, the turtle is now officially free of all of the hooks and is continuing to improve daily.


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