Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center treating sea turtle hit by car
FORT WALTON BEACH — A 147-pound Loggerhead sea turtle, injured after likely being struck by a car near Fort Pickens, is undergoing treatment at the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center.
According to the C.A.R.E. Center's Facebook page, the turtle, who has since been named Crash, nested near Fort Pickens, became disoriented and went into the road. A visitor in the area found the turtle and notified Gulf Islands National Seashore rangers and volunteers, who took the turtle to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center.
Gulfarium Marketing Manager Aimee Brim said in an email to reduce further trauma to Crash's organs, they are holding pieces of her fractured shell together with screws and stainless steel wire.
"We plan to use vacuum-assisted closure on the areas of shell that do not fully align," she said. "She is being treated with antibiotics, fluids and pain medication."
Crash's wounds are also being cleansed and cared for using honey and beeswax to reduce the chance of bacteria entering the wound, Brim said.
The Gulfarium moved Crash to a shallow-water pool, which will keep her from fully submerging and reduce the stress from her body weight.
In a Facebook post, the center asked the community for both supplies and monetary donations that will go toward Crash's Wound Vacuum-Assisted Closure therapy.
The supplies include Wound V.A.C. or medical suction unit; large sheets of Tegaderm; soft, open-cell foam; Flex Seal; heavy duty plastic cling wrap; Ioban; and tubes of Regranex ointment.