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Fishing Tackle Threatens Wildlife

Last week, our veterinary technician, Erica Palmer, tried desperately to save a beautiful Magnificent frigatebird that was found stranded on-shore, weak and unable to fly. This young female received immediate emergency care and radiographs were obtained to assess for internal damage. Radiographs revealed a 3-pronged fish hook lodged in the bird’s esophagus, along with metal…

Peregrine Falcon Rescue

Contact:          Erica Palmer, Veterinary Technician                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone:             (340) 690-5551 Email:             [email protected] THOMAS, Virgin Islands – March 29, 2019  Coral World Ocean Park Rescues a Peregrine Falcon On December 28th, 2018, a member of the community found a very weak young,…

St Croix Rescued female Hawksbill sea turtle taken to Coral World for rehabilitation

A critically endangered 120 pound Hawksbill sea turtle was rescued from Shoy’s Beach, St. Croix on Thursday, October 11. The preliminary examination conducted by Dr. Michelle Mehalick at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, indicated the turtle sustained an injury to the right rear flipper and appeared very lethargic.   On Saturday, October 13, the turtle was transported via ferry to St. Thomas by National Park Service interns with the help of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Our Vet Tech, Erica Palmer, met them at the dock and immediately went into action administering antibiotics and fluids. This very old Hawksbill was diagnosed with pneumonia and a broken flipper, among a few other things. After her evaluation, she was placed in a holding tank here at Coral World where she is constantly monitored and cared for. Animals do not typically strand…

Happy

Happy was a juvenile hawksbill turtle that was found floating listlessly in Great Bay at the Ritz Carlton, in June of 2014. He was getting tossed around in the waves, not moving at all. Erica, Coral World’s vet tech and STAR Network responder, brought him back to Coral World. She put him in a pool…

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