SHARK HOOK IN TURTLE

by / Tuesday, 04 October 2011 / Published in News Archive, Small Animals
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VETS REMOVE SHARK HOOK FROM GREEN TURTLE.

 

A green turtles’ life was saved when vets removed a shark hook lodged in the back of her neck at the Vet Cross hospital recently.

The position of the hook was in a dangerous spot, just underneath the animal’s shell, lodged near ligaments which let the turtle lift it’s neck to breathe. The thick metal hook was also close to blood vessels which
meant that the turtle could have been in serious trouble had the hook moved.

The anaesthetic throughout the surgery proved to be challenging because turtles don’t breathe regularly, making monitoring the breathing difficult. Once the turtle was anaesthetised, however, the surgery was quick and the hook was removed.

The Green turtle was brought in by Mon Repos Conservation park rangers who said she was tagged by Mon Repos and her tag records showed that this wasn’t the first time she had been in trouble with shark hooks, in 2007 she had also had a hook removed.
The rangers said she was a 20-25 year old juvenile, apparently they don’t begin to breed until they are about 40 years old.

The good news is she stayed the night with us and the rangers picked her up next day and released her once they were happy she was in good health. Lets hope she stays away from anymore shark hooks

 

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