Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com Reiland Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com Reilander Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com Reilander Pickups
Join TDPRI Today

Turtle I Found On the Beach this Morning.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bones, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    16,067
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Location:
    Luddite Island, NY
    While walking on the beach early in the morning, i found a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle atop a rock. It was really odd because it looked like someone placed him on the rock, but given the rock was in the water at high tide and no one had walked the beach yet this morning, it seems it may be just that the turtle settled on the rock as the tide went out. Anyway, the wind was blowing so hard, it took me 40 minutes to walk a mile back to my truck with the turtle.

    Here's the location where the turtle was found if you want to see the area...
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=loc:40.98023,-72.68953

    As you probably know, the end of December is not a good time for a sea turtle to be in the water around New York. The cold water causes them to go into hypothermic shock and they float helplessly or wash up on shore. Either way, they will die if not found in time and given proper treatment.



    The turtle and the rock....
    [​IMG]

    Closeup...
    [​IMG]

    At the hospital the turtle is check for any signs of life, this is done by touching the eyelids...
    [​IMG]

    Moving and pinching the flippers...
    [​IMG]

    Touching the cloaca...
    [​IMG]

    All responses and negative responses are recorded as are physical measurements and temperature...
    [​IMG]

    The turtle's internal temperature was 5.1 C ...
    [​IMG]

    A Doppler flow detector is applied to try and find a heart beat...
    [​IMG]

    And blood is drawn...
    [​IMG]

    Unfortunately, this turtle showed no signs of life and is most likely dead, they will continue to monitor it until the turtle's body temperature comes up to the ambient room temperature and then if it still shows no life signs, it will be declared dead.
     
  2. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    14,908
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Location:
    Philly Burbs
    aw what a shame...at least you found it and not some regular person who may have put it back in the water cause they thought it was the right thing to do for it

    lets hope it rebounds with signs of life
     
  3. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    16,067
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Location:
    Luddite Island, NY
    Officially declared dead.
     
  4. Forum Sponsor Sponsored posting

  5. Boubou

    Boubou Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,674
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2005
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec
    Poor little guy

    Sent from my iPad using TDPRI
     
  6. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    16,067
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Location:
    Luddite Island, NY
    Yep, one less of the most endangered sea turtles on the planet.
     
  7. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,716
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    Mid-Michigan
    Interesting. From the first pics I thought it was alive.

    I found a dead loggerhead on a NW FL island & talked to a biologist who came out to inspect. No idea what happened to it; there are a lot of smaller ones in the bay there. It may have been caught in the wrong spot in a cold snap though water there is never really cold.

    I did have a huge one watching me while fishing a pass one day, quite a sight.
     
  8. Dingbat

    Dingbat Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,039
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2012
    Location:
    Eugene, Oregon
    Too bad, but you did a good job trying to save it.
    I love seeing the turtles in the wild and get to swim/dive near them in Hawaii a few times every year. They are truly amazing.
     
  9. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    14,908
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Location:
    Philly Burbs
    awww :(
     
  10. rwsand

    rwsand Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,214
    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2012
    Location:
    Hyde Park NY
    Your a very nice, compassionate person Bones.
     
  11. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    49
    Posts:
    5,245
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Location:
    Georgetown, TX
    Is it normal for them to be in the Sound? I would have thought they'd mostly be on the ocean side.
     
  12. goldtopper

    goldtopper Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,504
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2005
    Location:
    Liberal Lakes
    Bones, I love it when you show these things. Living in MN doens't offer much opportunity to see saltwater critters.
     
  13. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,177
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Location:
    Australia
    Well done mate, looked a lot bigger on the vets bench.

    I like the link to map the location, I can see a golf course a vineyard, plenty of farm land? What agriculture takes place in that area?
     
  14. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    16,067
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Location:
    Luddite Island, NY
    Mostly they are in the Sound, better conditions for them to feed.
     
  15. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    16,067
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Location:
    Luddite Island, NY
    The turtle was about 8 pounds


    Lots of vegetable farms, Long Island used to be famous for potato and duck farming. Many of the old farms have been turned into vineyards and sod farms now.
     
  16. Jamie Black

    Jamie Black Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,125
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Location:
    Neither here nor there
    +1, it takes a special kind of person to do what you did.
     
  17. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    16,067
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Location:
    Luddite Island, NY
    Thanks, I recently "retired" from this organization, but it's inevitable around here that I will participate like this from time to time.
     
  18. adamkavanagh

    adamkavanagh Tele-Holic

    Age:
    30
    Posts:
    696
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Location:
    Nepean, Ontario, Canada
    Good on you, warms my heart to see that kind of care. Sorry to hear about your little buddy.
     
  19. Justinvs

    Justinvs Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,861
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2008
    Location:
    Wise River, Montana
    Well, damn. I was hoping this one would have a happy ending.

    I'd never really thought about ho hard it is to detect life signs in a turtle. Can sea turtles hibernate?
     
  20. zooropamofo

    zooropamofo Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,689
    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2006
    Location:
    Long Valley-Birches
    Poor little fella. You are a good person.
     
  21. idjster

    idjster Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,701
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Location:
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    Thanks, Bones. That's a good thing you did, and I'm glad it was you that found the turtle, even if the ultimate end was unhappy. You're a good person. May you be blessed.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


Share This Page