Raye is a critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that was found entangled in derelict fishing line by a concerned fisherman. Raye was transported by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists’ to the CWN care staff. Once admitted in rehabilitation, a full exam was completed to access the animals overall health.
Raye came in slightly emaciated and dehydrated with a mouth and shoulder injury as well. Fluids, antibiotics and rest were prescribed for the first few days. Raye’s mouth injury caused him pain and prevented him from eating fish that was offered. Raye was tube fed a couple of time and given pain medication while his mouth injury healed up.
Following an increase in appetite and healthy weight gain, after 8 months Raye was medically cleared by CWN veterinarians to return back to his natural habitat. In May 2017, CWN, LDWF, and the fisherman who found Raye were able to release Raye back home!
Watch the video below to see footage of Raye’s release!
If you see a sick/injured marine mammal or sea turtle please call (504) 235-3005.