Mad as a Marine Biologist: Sea-Going Turtle Under Fire For Egg Abandonment

Mad as a Marine Biologist: Sea-Going Turtle Under Fire For Egg Abandonment

Andre, an endangered green turtle, crawls to the ocean after a 414 day stay at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Fla on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Andre was found more than a year ago, stranded on a sandbar and split open by multiple boat strikes. He had gashes in his shell, a collapsed lung and severe infections. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center put him through a 13-month rehabilitation that included groundbreaking surgeries. (AP photo/The Palm Beach Post, Lannis Waters.)

“Dr. Cori”, age 7, assists with the surgery of sea turtle “Keisha”, a plush toy and teaching tool,  thanks to the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s AdvoKids program.

— Cori McWilliams, 7, was one of 12 children chosen from a pool of more than 50 children to participate in the “Vet for a Day” program at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s annual TurtleFest in June Beach on April 9.

During the program, “Dr. Cori” received a plush sea turtle that was suffering from an ailment commonly found in sea turtles: inability to eat due to a fishing hook being lodged in its throat. Under the supervision of Melissa Ranly [LMC Hospital Coordinator] and Dr. Nancy Mettee [LMC Veterinarian], Cori followed the procedures that would have been followed if her plush sea turtle was living: an initial examination and assessment of the animal, taking x-rays, performing surgery [in this case, to remove the fishing hook], and learning about the necessary follow-up care of the animal. All procedures were performed in LMC’s sea turtle hospital.


In a bizarre attempt to honor the Year of the Rabbit and educate the public, an aquarium in Seoul has hosted a reenactment of Aesop’s classic tale, “The Tortoise and the Hare.

The strange, surprisingly entertaining event in South Korea featured a sea turtle instead of a tortoise and a diver dressed up in what appears to be rabbit pajamas, to play the part of the hare. 

Read More:

Diver Races Sea Turtle (by uzoouk)