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Hunter Is Back At The Key West Aquarium (Video)

Hunter the Loggerhead Turtle

Hunter, A 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle arrived at the Key West Aquarium Wednesday to convalesce with the hopes that it can eventually be released back into the wild.

Hunter, an adult male, was originally admitted to the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, in August 2012. After extensive treatment, Hunter was released in December 2013, but was rescued again this past November.

He had lockjaw, was unable to eat and developed pneumonia, according to hospital officials. Treatment including antibiotics, daily jaw-stretching exercises and surgery to remove a fishhook lodged in the reptile’s shoulder. Keys veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader determined that two remaining hooks are in areas too risky for a surgical procedure.

To make room to treat other injured turtles at the Turtle Hospital, Hunter was transferred to the aquarium. He will be monitored and eventually return to the hospital for radiographs to determine if the fishhooks have dissolved.

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In the meantime, Hunter will serve as an educational attraction to communicate the importance of sea turtle conservation and healthy marine environments.

[vc_message message_box_style=”3d” message_box_color=”turquoise”]By FloridaKeysNewsBureau for SouthFloridaReporter.com, April 28, 2016[/vc_message]