An ailing loggerhead rescued by a state wildlife enforcement officer Sunday evening is on the road to recovery at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s sea turtle hospital.
The 196-pound turtle is suffering from a respiratory infection and some balance issues. She’s being treated with antibiotics, the Network For Endangered Sea Turtles reports.
N.C. Senior Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer Anna Barbosa was on patrol Sunday evening when she spotted the turtle near the Manteo public boat ramp.
Officer Barbosa found the turtle close to shore and immediately notified N.E.S.T.
With assistance of N.E.S.T volunteer responder Jamie Moore and others, the turtle was loaded into the back of Officer Barbosa’s wildlife patrol truck and rushed to the sea turtle hospital at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island.