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DMCR inspects sick sea turtles floating in the sea in Chanthaburi Province

On February 6th, 2023, the Eastern Gulf of Thailand Marine and Coastal Resources Research Center was notified by the staff of the Honorary Aquarium Chanthaburi Province, There is a story about a fisherman who found a sick sea turtle floating in the middle of the sea near the bridge at the end of the horizon, Khlong Khut Subdistrict, Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi Province.

Officers inspection was found to be a Chelonia mydas turtle, 67.5 cm. wide, 73.5 cm. long, and weighing 38.2 kg., The female was nearing maturity, but the microchip and the identification strip were not found a physical examination revealed that the turtle had no external wounds having loud breathing weak unable to lift his head and breathe out of the water.

When conducting a radiological diagnosis, the right lung was found to be inflamed, the gastrointestinal tract becomes inflamed, and there is so much gas that it squeezes the left lung haematology values ​​indicate inflammation and malnutrition, which may be a result of intestinal inflammation, Therefore the sick turtles were treated and rehabilitated at the Rare Marine Animal Hospital, Rayong Province before being released back to nature.

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