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‘Trouble’ the sea turtle released back into the ocean

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Sep 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-07 19:04:24-04

On July 6, the Virginia Aquarium’s Stranding Response Team responded to a call from Onancock about a turtle entangled in crab pot gear. The rescue was logistically challenging, requiring the help of several boaters to free the sea turtle’s right rear flipper from entanglement and capture it. The 125-pound turtle was named “Trouble” by team members.

The turtle’s wounds consisted of deep lacerations caused by the entanglement around the right rear flipper.

In the last nine weeks, Trouble was treated at the Virginia Aquarium’s Maine Animal Care Center with antibiotics, fluid therapy, nutritional support, and extensive wound care.

Declared fully rehabilitated by veterinarian staff, Trouble was returned home today. The loggerhead was fitted with a satellite transmitter and its movements can be tracked on seaturtle.org within a few days.