This week of Turtle Team was the last one of the summer! If that weren’t troubling enough… it was that last week of Turtle Team that I would ever be able to help coordinate! I may become sentimental. The Wildlife Epidemiology Lab and the people that I get to work with have done wonders for me and I only hope that I have been helpful toward the overall goals of this lab.
“Saving the world one turtle at a time!”
Anyhow, we found 34 turtles throughout the four blistering hot days! We only had 2 incidental findings, but we worked hard through the heat for these turtles [depicted in the youtube video at the end].
Below are abnormalities that we noted during physical exams of the turtles:
- supranumerary 1st costal scute
- triangular-shaped scute
- aural abscess with head tilt
- abnormally thick nails
The turtle and the hound
I spent a lot of the hike recording videos, rather than taking photos for this week!
They are compiled in this lovely, homemade youtube creation:
Ode to Megan
Without this lady right here, I may have gone bonkers. She was hardworking, kind, and the most helpful being. She will do wonderfully in my role next year and I hope that I taught her all of the things!