Photos: Injured Turtle Has Stitches Removed

April 12, 2016

Daisy — the loggerhead turtle that has been residing at the Bermuda Museum, Aquarium & Zoo since she underwent life-saving surgery to remove a rusting hook in her throat three months ago — has had her stitches removed and it is hoped she can be released back into the wild in late spring/early summer.

“In addition to all of her routine monthly checks, such as weighing her, taking measurements and blood samples, Dr. Ian Walker was present to finally remove the stitches from her surgery,” the Bermuda Zoological Society said.

“Although 3 months may seem like a long time to have stitches, they were only just removed because reptiles have tough skin and it therefore takes much longer for their wounds to heal.

“We can report that, on average, Daisy is eating about 4 pounds of fish a day and has gained approximately 30 pounds, which is a very good amount. We are hoping to release her back into the wild in late spring/early summer.

The photos below are courtesy of Michelle Smith of the Bermuda Zoological Society:

Dr. Walker removing the stitches

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (1)

Checking the status of the healing wound

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (2)

Preparing Daisy to be weighed

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (3)

Aquarist, Choy Aming, taking measurements

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (4)

Daisy being weighed

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (5)

Taking more measurements

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (6)

Aquarists, Choy Aming and Ryan Tacklin, and Curator, Patrick Talbot, making sure Daisy is comfortable before being weighed

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (7)

As Daisy is prepped to have a blood sample taken, her back flippers are examined

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (8)

Animal Care and Quarantine Manager, Roma Hayward, takes a sample of Daisy’s blood

Daisy, the loggerhead turtle Bermuda April 11 2016 (9)

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  1. David says:

    Turtle must be thinking, “Geesh… I wish they would’ve just left the hook in, and let me be!” :)

    Just kidding. Good job as always, BAMZ!

    • Turtle soup anyone, was a staple meal in days gone by.

      • DTG says:

        Onion Juice..

        We are glad those days are gone… we need to work on our ocean and protect the Green Sea turtle to make sure they dont become extinct….. Well done to BAMZ for their great work on saving these Beautiful creatures that are being endangered by MAN… man is the root of all evil

  2. sage says:

    Is hanging the turtle by ropes tied around the “shoulder” joints of the front flippers the best way to weigh them? Looks unnecessarily stressful, maybe straps around the carapace and under the belly keeping him level, or a flat produce-type scale?

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