Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and well-wishes for our new leatherback patient. Unfortunately she succumbed to her injuries overnight and has died.
These endangered giants of the sea rarely strand alive, and when they do, they usually only survive a few days in captivity. Historically, rehabilitation of leatherback sea turtles has proved challenging because they are less aware of boundary surroundings and constantly swim into tank walls.
After consultation with numerous sea turtle experts, the consensus was made that the turtle’s best chance of survival would be back in the ocean after she was stabilized and her energy restored. Rehabilitation staff administered hydrating fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory medications over the last two days to prepare her for going back to the water. The plan was to release her as early as today, however, she passed away in her tank overnight.
Our staff is very sad but we appreciate your continued support in our attempts to save these amazing animals from extinction.
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