STAR Center Manager Amber Hitt administers antibiotics to a loggerhead sea turtle recently rescued near Manteo.
A 189-lb loggerhead sea turtle that was recovered near the Manteo public boat ramp dock is being treated at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The turtle arrived at the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center on Sunday after being spotted drifting near shore. A Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer and volunteer from the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) responded and rescued the loggerhead, then transported it to the STAR Center.
The turtle is receiving fluids and is currently resting in shallow water until it exhibits enough energy to swim. It has also received antibiotics to address any potential respiratory issues.
The STAR Center currently has five sea turtles in its care and has released 33 sea turtles so far in 2019.
Anyone finding a stranded sea turtles should call the N.E.S.T. hotline at (252) 441-8622.