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Reptar the green sea turtle

The Sea Turtle Healing Center cares for sick or injured sea turtles found primarily along the nearby Florida coast. While this facility is not open to the public, the effects of its work impact local sea turtle populations. An in-county facility means a shorter drive for patients, resulting in less stress and quicker treatment for distressed turtles.

Name: Reptar

Species: Green

Date admitted: October 28, 2021

Stranding location: Cape Canaveral

Status: In treatment

Admission notes: This juvenile green sea turtle was found stranded in Cape Canaveral on October 28. Reptar came to us severely emaciated, dehydrated and covered in epibiota. Despite their rough shape, this sea turtle has a lot of spunk and even began eating during their first night at the Healing Center. They did have to be kept in a shallow pool for the first few days of their stay, but since then, have been able to handle swimming on their own. Reptar also stranded with a large amount of gas, causing them to be buoyant. As this sea turtle continues to eat more and more, they have been able to pass the gas and start swimming down to the bottom of the pool to grab food. Reptar also has an old healed carapace fracture, which left them with damage to the left scapula. They received a CT scan on November 11 at Rockledge Regional Medical Center to get a better look at the carapace damage.

Have you found a sea turtle that needs help? Visit this page or call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at 321-206-0646.

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