Juvenile Green Sea Turtle ‘Crockett’ Finds Home at Brevard Zoo After Struggling to Swim in Port Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // July 2, 2021
Crockett found covered in mud, algae and encrusting barnacles
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Brevard Zoo rescued a juvenile green sea turtle, Crockett, on June 20 after found struggling to swim in Port Canaveral.
A couple was admiring the local sea turtle population foraging amongst the rocks when they came across Crockett floating at the surface, unwilling to dive.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was contacted and the sea turtle was brought to the Brevard Zoo. Upon intake, Crockett was covered in mud, algae and encrusting barnacles.
They were also thin and dehydrated but showed no injuries except a piece of plastic that was wedged across the roof of their mouth. Crockett shows a little interest in food, but the Brevard Zoo is hoping they will continue to eat more over time.
A barium study in the GI was performed to rule out any more plastic or impaction in this sea turtle.
So far, the barium has passed with ease and has not uncovered any abnormalities.
Crockett is currently in treatment at the Brevard Zoo.
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