O.D. the green sea turtle
Ocean Diver (“O.D.”): 330-lb adult male Green. Stranded in 2007 in North Carolina where he was named “Pepper.” He came in to the Turtle Hospital with a lung infection, was treated and released. The infection returned while in the wild causing the lung to collapse. By the time O.D. stranded in the Keys in 2008, the lung tissue had fused together. Unfortunately, his ailment is inoperable and irreparable. As he cannot inflate the collapsed lung, the other lung overcompensates causing O.D. to float on his side. Weights help to offset this buoyancy. - http://www.turtlehospital.org
Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:26 pm
Updated: 10:30 am, Fri Aug 16, 2013.
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A 320-pound green sea turtle is being prepared to be couriered from the Florida Keys to Las Vegas via FedEx.
For almost five years, the turtle has been cared for in the Turtle Hospital's 100,000-gallon tidal rehabilitation pool. The reptile cannot be released because of an irreparable collapsed lung.
Officials at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas responded to the hospital's request to provide a permanent home for OD, named for the Key Largo dive charter boat that rescued it in 2008.
Wednesday, hospital officials examined and reaffirmed OD's fitness for the two-leg Thursday flight, set to arrive in Las Vegas late that afternoon.
The reptile is to remain in quarantine for some 45 days before being allowed to live in the aquarium's 1.3-million-gallon exhibition tank.
Online: Turtle Hospital, http://www.turtlehospital.org ; Shark Reef Aquarium, http://www.sharkreef.com
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:26 pm.
Updated: 10:30 am.