First up: our 500-lb green sea turtle Myrtle. Sometimes Myrtle needs a little encouragement to enter into her lifting box and a leaf of romaine lettuce works every time!
|Once in the lifting box Myrtle is brought out of the water for her exam|
|A young visitor helps our veterinarians get a closer look at Myrtle by holding a flashlight|
|Sea turtles have tough skin that can make drawing blood a real challenge. But Myrtle does a great job staying calm to allow our veterinarians to collect a sample|
|After getting her check up Myrtle is returned to her home in the Giant Ocean Tank|
|Ari is much smaller than Myrtle but she isn't a baby. Rather Ari is a completely different species of sea turtle|
|Ari was very patient with us during her exam|
Finally our two loggerhead sea turtles Carolina and Retread have their turn.
|Carolina and Retread look very similar but their shells have different patterns which help us tell them apart|
|Drawing blood from Retread required a few extra hands to help keep her steady,|
but after a brief moment she was all done
|All the turtles are healthy and back swimming in the Giant Ocean Tank!|