Two of our study abroad students, Alison Palmer and Nikki Cummings, were able to assist Dr. Ian Walker in rescuing a sea turtle while in Bermuda.
On Friday afternoon, the students were allowed some structured free time in which to explore the island of Bermuda. Nikki and Alison asked if they would be able to go back to the Bermuda, Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo (BAMZ) to explore some of the exhibits we were not able to see while there. Dr. Veenstra and I agreed, as long as they were traveling together and not on their own (safety first!).
We saw these two when they arrived back to the condos, and they were both speaking at the same time and extremely fast. At first, all I caught was “SEA TURTLE!!!!”. After they were able to settle down from their adventure, they relayed the whole story to me.
Once they arrived at the aquarium, they immediately saw Dr. Walker. He informed them he had just received a call from some fishermen who had caught a sea turtle by accident, and the hook was still stuck in its throat.
Being such a small island (population ~ 65,000), they were able to call BAMZ and something could be done for the turtle immediately.
After a short ride to the fishermen, Dr. Walker and the students found the sea turtle and loaded it into the van to be transported back to BAMZ. Dr. Walker has installed a state of the art facility here to help care for the organisms housed at BAMZ.
After a few quick x-rays, and some minor surgery, the sea turtle is making a complete recovery, and will be released back into the wild.