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Swallowed fish hook leads to lengthy recovery for Sea Turtle found on local beach

A Loggerhead Sea Turtle is ready to return to the wild after undergoing surgery to remove a large fish hook from its esophagus.   

According to the Texas Sealife Center, Captain, a sub-adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle, was brought in from Bob Hall Pier on May 19 after swallowing the hook.  

Introducing CAPTAINCaptain is a sub adult Loggerhead sea turtle who was brought into our care on May 19 from Bob Hall…

Posted by Texas Sealife Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

 

Captain was immediately taken in for x-rays, which showed the hook had been completely swallowed and was lodged in the animal’s esophagus.  

After determining that surgery was needed, a small incision was made and the hook was removed.  

Texas Sealife Center says that after several weeks of rehab, the incision has healed and Captain has been cleared for release.  

The center expects to release Captain at 10 a.m. June 16 at Windward Beach,  near 14926 Windward Drive.  

 

For more information visit the Texas Sealife Center Facebook page here 

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