Endangered Sea turtles can get pneumonia or be injured in accidents like humans.
How do they get pneumonia and where can a turtle find a doctor to help nurse it back to health?
Being cold-blooded marine animals, sea turtles are unable to regulate their body’s temperature,
If the water or land temperature gets cold as it did for these Kemp’s Ridley turtles their body temperature could not adjust. When
the water temperature dropped too low, they went into shock. n that weakened physiological state, the turtle’s immune system was unable to protect the turtle’s lungs from infection and the two turtles developed pneumonia.
In that weakened physiological state, the turtle’s immune system was unable to protect the turtle’s lungs from the infection vets must be called in to help.
The loggerhead was a victim of a traumatic injury to its shell or carapce caused by a bite or being run over and sliced by a boat or a jet ski. Boating and fishing nets account for most sea turtle deaths,
The lucky ones
This week 3 very lucky turtles one loggerhead and two Kemp’s Ridley sea turtleswere flown on an Angel Flight from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine to the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport. Then they were taken to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital. Here the loggerhead with the trauma injury to his shell will stay and have its’ wounds tended to. The two Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles with pneumonia will spent a short while there. After treatment they will be taken to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island to make a full recover before being released next year.
Other good news for turtles
Eighty two beautiful baby green sea turtles were born October 5, 2009 at Sea World in San Diego, California USA. The proud parents have been residents of the Sea World park for more than thirty years. Marine experts at the park discovered the new hatchlings and to everyones delight baby turtles continued to hatch for almost two weeks, officials said.
It is the first time eggs have hatched in the open without putting the eggs in an incubator. Now they are about 3 inches (7.5 cm) in lengthand eat a diet rich in squid, krill, shrimp and special turtle pellets.
Making a difference by helping each other -one person or animal at a time
There are many kind and dedicated individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses working to save the endangered sea turtles from extinction. When we work together we do make the world a healthier, safer place for all of us.
Thanks everyone.-Mother Nature
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.macon.com/220/story/901567.html
Excerpts courtesy of http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/11/sea-turtles-born-at-sea-world.html
Images courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library