Injured turtles get CT scans

Injured turtle receives CT scan at Sentara Kitty Hawk. (Photo courtesy Sentara Healthcare, via Facebook)

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WAVY) – Two injured turtles got a checkup and CT scans at the Sentara Kitty Hawk outpatient campus as they both recover from injuries.

The turtles were brought to the clinic from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, where they are recovering from injuries. According to a news release shared by Sentara, one of the sea turtles, named Vortex, was hit by a propeller in May last year, fracturing its skull. Another turtle, Aquile, suffered frostbite and lost part of her outer shell.

“Turtles are precious to us,” Janet Jarrett, executive director of the Sentara Kitty Hawk campus, said in the news release. “Many of us here volunteer to guard nests when the eggs are ready to hatch, and we’re glad to help the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles and the North Carolina Aquarium to rehabilitate them.”

Taking the turtles to the Sentara clinic was a good option for the Aquarium’s rehabilitation team, which was concerned about making the drive to North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Both turtles received CT scans at the Sentara clinic to determine how they are recovering.

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