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Injured sea turtle released after recovering at NC Aquarium

Posted at 9:08 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2019-02-21 19:43:17-05

MANTEO, N.C. – An injured sea turtle has returned to the ocean after making strides in recovery at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Since he was returned on December 27, 2018, he’s swam over 2,895 miles!

The turtle now has a satellite tag that will help shed light on how well these turtles do in the wild after treatment.

Discovered by kite surfers off Rodanthe in May, the loggerhead sea turtle, who was named Alexander Graham Bell by STAR Center staff, was lethargic and suffered from a serious head wound.

At the recommendation of Aquarium veterinarians, Bell received an initial Computed Tomography (CT) scan at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center so staff members could better assess the turtle’s future care needs.

He received a follow-up scan in early August to see how his wound was healing. The veterinarians are glad to see that he is still doing well after his release.