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1522LK, already under general anesthesia, had a local anesthetic applied to the area where surgery would be performed as a precaution to make sure it couldn't feel it when the surgery was performed. Turtles have nerve endings in their shells and can feel it when anything touches their shell. | 1522LK or Scuttle, Arrived at the National Aquarium veterinary facility on 6/11/15. Rescued by Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle was incidentally rescued after being captured at a fishing pier on Virginia Beach on 5/30/15. Stayed in rehab due to emaciation, ocular disease, and shell lesion.
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1522LK, already under general anesthesia, had a local anesthetic applied to the area where surgery would be performed as a precaution to make sure it couldn't feel it when the surgery was performed. Turtles have nerve endings in their shells and can feel it when anything touches their shell.  | 1522LK or Scuttle, Arrived at the National Aquarium veterinary facility on 6/11/15. Rescued by Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle was incidentally rescued after being captured at a fishing pier on Virginia Beach on 5/30/15. Stayed in rehab due to emaciation, ocular disease, and shell lesion.