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Loggerhead sea turtle being cared for at CROW, passes away

By Staff | Aug 10, 2015

CROW senior wildlife rehabilitator Willow Bender, cares for the wounded sea turtle last week after a check-up.

The Loggerhead sea turtle which was hit three months ago by a boat propeller, resulting in traumatic injuries to its shell, passed away Sunday at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation for Wildlife.

The sea turtle, which was being cared for at CROW for over three months, went through many surgeries and daily care. The cost of care up to last week was up to $18,000, thus giving the best care possible.

CROW was asking for donations of blue crab and medical supplies up to that point.

The news release from CROW:

We are sorry to report that our female loggerhead sea turtle (#15-1528) died yesterday as a result of complications due to her severe injuries.

A necropsy will be performed at the end of August at the state lab to determine the exact cause of death.

Some of her complications included pneumonia, anemia, infection and spinal nerve damage.

The loggerhead was brought to CROW on May 25, 2015, with injuries sustained from a boat strike off the coast of Captiva. The boat propeller left two deep gashes in the shell with injuries so severe that her lungs where left exposed.

She was a challenging patient, but our dedicated staff and volunteers worked countless hours to aid in her recovery and rehabilitation.

Thank you to everyone who made donations to CROW to assist with her care. We couldn’t have done it without your support.