This rare loggerhead turtle was first spotted in Kaikoura – washed up on the beach, severely wounded and in need of help.
A kind and concerned member of the public did what all kiwis should do when they spot wildlife in need, instead of approaching this sea turtle they contacted our partners at the Department of Conservation (DOC) via the hotline (0800 DOC HOT) and alerted them of the situation.
DOC then arranged to fly the turtle to our Vet Hospital. The turtle was severely ill due to an open wound on the right flipper and it was also covered in barnacles which is common in sea turtles secondary to them being very unwell (and having a reduced immune system). The vet team assessed the sea turtle and initially cared for it in a fresh water system. The fresh water help with rehydration and also kills the barnacles, causing them to drop off, which is also important for accurate radiograph (X-ray) interpretation.