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Stella

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    Our permanent resident, recovered in 2019 in Sicily. She is truly unique, managing to survive a hook in the oesophagus and her two front limbs being severed by a long line attached to that hook! 
She loves to swim and eat and continues to develop strength, increasing from 3-6Kg since her arrival. The question remains as to whether our strong Stella will ever be able to survive the many dangers of the open sea but for now she continues to stay with us as a shining
 symbol to educating people on threats to sea turtles.


Stats:
Species: Caretta Caretta
Age: 5 Years Old
Weight: 6kg
Length: 30 cm
 

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Bubble 

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    Another permanent resident in 2020,  bubble is so-called due to the hump on her carapace which is likely a spinal deformation caused by congenital genetic mutation. However, her most serious problem is the massive swelling in her neck and front right flipper caused by being caught and choked by an abandoned line at sea. We massage her everyday to try and encourage the circulation and normal function to return. After these sessions she loves to swim, trying to use her poor flipper, and to eat loads of fish! 


Stats:
Species: Caretta Caretta
Age: 10 Years Old
Weight: 17kg
Length: 47 cm
 

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Ruga 

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    Arriving in 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 have caused the amputation, but what worries us the most is the deep incision all around the neck, which has also caused the trachea to narrow, risking cutting it. Thankfully, the rescuers arrived just in time, now she swims in one of our tanks and is fed every day with fresh fish. The wounds will take time to heal, but despite the lack of a fin, when the time finally comes it will return home to the sea, away from us humans!


Stats:
Species: Caretta Caretta
Age: 5 Years Old
Weight: 5kg
Length: 25 cm
 

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Nutty

A cruel fate for this cutie, wedged inside a piece of drifting net, which caused her fins to deform in an impressive way. She comes from Sicily, and given her long hospitalization, we decided to host her in the most capacious pools of the Lampedusa Center. Physiotherapy and good nutrition, together with a lot of love will perhaps allow the fins to resume their functioning, but it will take a lot of patience!


Stats:
Species: Caretta Caretta
Age: 10 Years Old
Weight: 11kg
Length: 39 cm

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Turbo

She arrived to us in summer 2020, thanks to a local fisherman. At first she seemed like an simple case, with a visible hook and line sticking out of mouth, but after numerous attempts it seemed impossible to remove it with a hand or surgically. We managed to cut the ring that connected the hook to the line, this allowed the hook to move through the digestive tract and the dangerous line to be disposed of. Fingers-crossed, Turbo will expel the hook by herself and avoid the dangers of surgery!


Stats:
Species: Caretta Caretta
Age: 20 Years Old
Weight: 19 kg
Length: 45 cm

Punta sottile Presso ACQUACOLTURA, 92031, Lampedusa, AG, Italy                         freggidaniela@gmail.com                                  Tel:(+39) 338 21 98 533