Carolina is a sub-adult Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found by Darren Spearman, Aaron Cook and Scott Meeks when they went on a fishing trip with Capt. Andy Davila. While reeling in dinner, they spotted a sea turtle tangled in a mass of cables struggling to keep her head above water long enough to take a breath. They pulled her onto the boat and contacted Sea Turtle, Inc..Her right flipper was entangled in seismic gear (pictured right.) This is the third Atlantic green that has been found in the Laguna Madre entangled in seismic cord in the past 15 months. Drifter, who is also a current patient, and April, who was released last fall, were the other two.
Carolina was transported to the Gladys Porter Zoo for amputation. She is recovering in our ICU and is responding well.
August Update: Carolina has been receiving laser treatments at her amputation site twice a week. She has been eating some produce. She is still in ICU.
September Update: Carolina is still in ICU but should be moved to an outdoor rehabilitation tank soon, where she will prepare for release! The Texas GLO is investigating the source of the seismic cable.
October Update:. Carolina will be released the week of 10/17. The Texas GLO is mitigating with responsible companies for the removal of additional leftover cable.