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Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Release of 1522LK, known as Scuttle. The third turtle to be released starnded May 30, 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA. The turtle was accidentally hooked by a recreational fisherman and was admitted to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center for surgery to remove the hook. The turtle was then transferred to the National Aquarium for rehabilitation on June 10, 2015. Scuttle was treated for secondary health issues (not related to the hooking event) such as severe corneal ulcers in both eyes, shell lesion, and emaciation. Scuttle required a lifesaving blood transfusion on July 2, and responded well to treatment. Scuttle gained 1/2 pound while in rehab. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles are the most endangered and the smallest of all the sea turtle species, which makes them particularly vulnearable to severe changes in water temperature. | September 11, 2015
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Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles Release of 1522LK, known as Scuttle. The third turtle to be released starnded May 30, 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA. The turtle was accidentally hooked by a recreational fisherman and was admitted to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center for surgery to remove the hook. The turtle was then transferred to the National Aquarium for rehabilitation on June 10, 2015. Scuttle was treated for secondary health issues (not related to the hooking event) such as severe corneal ulcers in both eyes, shell lesion, and emaciation. Scuttle required a lifesaving blood transfusion on July 2, and responded well to treatment. Scuttle gained 1/2 pound while in rehab. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles are the most endangered and the smallest of all the sea turtle species, which makes them particularly vulnearable to severe changes in water temperature. | September 11, 2015