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Animal Rescue Update: Seals and Heals

The last few weeks have been very busy for our Animal Rescue team!

Published February 18, 2016

Last week, staff and volunteers traveled down to Washington Oaks State Park in Florida to release three rehabilitated sea turtles! 

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Turtles On The Mend

Back in Baltimore, the team has continued to provide ‘round the clock care to nine sea turtles—five Kemp’s ridleys and four green sea turtles. 

Shockwave, a small Kemp’s ridley, is being treated for severe pneumonia with antibiotic and antifungal medications. He recently underwent a non-invasive CT scan so our Animal Health staff could monitor the healing progression of his lungs. The CT scan revealed that the medications and supportive care are working, and Shockwave’s pneumonia is resolving.

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Beachcomber is a juvenile green sea turtle that stranded along Cape Cod in November and was transferred to the National Aquarium for long-term rehabilitation. After not eating for weeks upon arrival, Beachcomber slowly began eating via assist feed, then finally on his own around Christmas. Our Animal Health staff treated Beachcomber with IV antibiotics for a rare blood infection. 

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We’re happy to report that the recent blood tests indicate that Beachcomber’s blood infection has resolved, though we are still monitoring him for signs of kidney disease. 

Seaspray, another juvenile green sea turtle in our care, is responding well to treatment for a carapace injury and chronic gastrointestinal inflammation. Seaspray loves following staff when they get in to clean the main rehab pool! 

Our feistiest patient of the season is Hubcap, a Kemp’s ridley. Kemp's are typically pretty calm during medical exams, but Hubcap often exhibits the attitude of an 80-pound loggerhead. We’re happy to report that Hubcap is healing well from mild pneumonia.

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Seals Are Here!

Although warm temperatures have delayed their arrival, seal season has officially started here in Maryland! Our team has heard reports of at least three to four sightings of seals in recent weeks. 

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If you see a seal that may be in need of medical attention, please call the National Aquarium’s Stranding Hotline at (410) 576-3880 or the Natural Resources Police at (800) 628-9944.

In Maryland, you can report all seal sightings on the Maryland Coastal Bays Program's site

Stay tuned for more updates!

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