Repair of a Fractured Plastron in a Green Turtle – Chelonia mydas

Mirjam R. Hampel1, David Robinson2, Warren Baverstock2 and Kevin Hyland3 – 1Al Wasl Veterinary Clinic, Dubai, 2National Marine Aquarium, Dubai, 3Wildlife Protection Office, Dubai

A cooperative turtle rehabilitation programme, under the umbrella of the Wildlife Protection Office has been running since 2004 in Dubai. Debilitated turtles are initially treated by Al Wasl Veterinary Clinic, and later husbandry is provided by the Burj al Arab Aquarium team. Final-stage rehabilitation is conducted, partly as a public awareness programme, within the Madinat, Jumeirah waterway complex. Species received by the rehabilitation project include both Green (Chelonia mydas) and Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) of all sizes. Reasons for presentation range from post-winter debilitation to severe physical injury. Continue reading