TSA Collaborates with TAMUK to Perform Critical Surgery on Rescued Endangered Sea Turtles
March 30, 2022
The Texas State Aquarium has partnered with the Veterinary Technology Program at Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) to perform necessary surgery on several endangered green sea turtles that came in during February’s cold-stunning event. Five of the cold-stunned sea turtles had several tumors from a virus known as fibro papilloma, or FP, that interfered with their basic functions. The tumors must be removed before the turtles are cleared for release.
On Wednesday, March 9th, 2022, the TSA Animal Health Team transported the five green sea turtles to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Veterinary Technology teaching facility. The TAMUK faculty and students assisted the TSA’s Animal Health team with removing the most limiting tumors from the turtles’ bodies. The TSA’s Animal Health team utilized TAMUK’S surgical laser, which focuses light sources to treat or remove tissues, such as FP.