Tur­tle washes up in Ar­gyle Shore

Ne­cropsy will be per­formed at At­lantic Ve­teri­nary Col­lege

Journal Pioneer - - NEWS - BY JIM DAY

A ne­cropsy will be per­formed next week on a leatherback sea tur­tle that was dis­cov­ered dead Fri­day on a beach in Ar­gyle Shore.

Me­gan Jones, re­gional di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Wildlife Health Co-op­er­a­tive with the At­lantic Canada re­gion at the At­lantic Ve­teri­nary Col­lege (AVC) in Char­lot­te­town, says the ne­cropsy will be done to try to de­ter­mine the cause of death and to col­lect data on the an­i­mal. Jones says the tur­tle, which weighs about 450 kilo­grams and is roughly two me­tres in length, was likely dead for at least a few days.

The tur­tle was frozen when it was found dead along the beach in Ar­gyle Shore Fri­day morn­ing. Ken May­hew, a spokesman with the prov­ince’s Forests, Fish and Wildlife divi­sion, says get­ting the tur­tle to the AVC was a long, slow process.

The large an­i­mal was floated along the beach to an area where a crane was able to haul it up an em­bank­ment and place it on a trailer.

The process took two to three hours.

“You never know what you are go­ing to find float­ing around here,’’ says May­hew.

“It is not un­usual to get these calls from the pub­lic.’’ A post­mortem was done on P.E.I. in Fe­bru­ary for an en­dan­gered leatherback tur­tle found washed up in Cape Bre­ton. The tur­tle was dis­cov­ered in Bras d’Or Lake, far from the usual south­ern win­ter sites for the leatherback tur­tles.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A wildlife of­fi­cer from the Forests, Fish and Wildlife divi­sion of the P.E.I. Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Land and En­vi­ron­ment takes part Fri­day in the re­cov­ery of a dead leatherback sea tur­tle found in the Ar­gyle Shore area.

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