Meet Our Turtles

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Homerus

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    Our permanent female resident, Homerus was delivered to this center in 2008 by a fisherman who caught her in his net in Marsala. She suffered from a shattered humorous bone in her flipper, undernourishment  and paralysis in her back flippers due to a boat impact. Sadly, X-rays showed that the bone would never heal properly, which impeded her from capturing prey.
She was constantly developing strength and became a symbol for educating people on new threats to sea turtles. She was also studied by veterinarians who developed new orthopedic techniques for her particular neurological condition. Occasionally she was taken to the clear waters of Lampedusa to practice swimming in her natural environment – free among sea grasses and surrounded by fish. Finally after years of work, on  a very happy  26th of October  in 2016 she was released!


Stats:
Species: Caretta Caretta
Age: 30 Years Old
Weight: 36kg
Length: 65 cm
 
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Tarta-box

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     Tarta-box is a unique member of our turtle family. She was hit by the stern of a boat and arrived to our center in July of 2012. She was found nesting with her lungs protruding from her shell. To prevent salt water from entering her lungs while allowing surgical procedures, a box was attached to her exterior. This was done to ensure that she would have a safe recovery. After months of waiting for her membrane to thicken, in October 2012, she was released to her native environment.

Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: approx. 30 years

Weight: 44 kg 

Length: 73.3 cm



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Tarta-tilt

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    This special member of our turtle family was brought to our center from the surrounding waters of Lampedusa in October of 2012 by local fisherman. She suffered from an inner ear infection that was resistant to antibiotics. She could not swim properly due to imbalance. She had a tendency to swim in circles - we kept her in the dark until her infection began to improve and we could start to increase the water level. Little by little she began to swim better and the water level was increased to a full tank. Finally in the summer of 2013 she was released!

 
Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 10-12 years

Weight: 18.5 kg

Length: 54 cm

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Captain Hook

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   If you look closely you will notice that this little guy only has one front flipper. Don't be shocked, she can still swim! However she serves as a reminder of the dangers of fishing lines. When she was brought in March of 2013, she faced the risk of losing all of her flippers. With surgery and antibiotics, she made a full recovery. Captain Hook required regular check-ups, medicine, and bandaging. She was released to the wild once she completely healed in the summer of 2013. 

 
Stats:

Species: Caretta Caretta

Age: 15 years 

Weight: 20 kg

Length: 38.4 cm

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Ruga 

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    Arriving in September 2020, Ruga is a tiny turtle who LOVES to swim. 

This little one was recovered from a touristic boat who noticed it wrapped in a skein of plastic, abandoned at sea. The bottlenecks around the fin caused the amputation, but what worried us the most were the deep incision all around the neck, which had also caused the trachea to narrow, risking cutting it. Thankfully, the rescuers arrived just in time, and she was brought to us to swim in our tanks and be fed every day with fresh fish. The wounds took their time to heal, but despite the lack of a fin, it was finally returned home to the sea, away from us humans, in March 2021!


Stats:
Species: Caretta Caretta
Age: 5 Years Old
Weight: 7.25 kg
Length: 30 cm