SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Veterinarians on the Georgia coast are treated a 190-pound sea turtle found on an island beach suffering from a shark bite.
The injured loggerhead sea turtle was found by a group taking a weekend tour of Ossabaw Island. John Crawford, a naturalist and one of the group’s guides, says the bite took a chunk out of the turtles shell behind its right front leg.
The visitors helped hoist the large turtle onto an all-terrain vehicle for a ride to the nearest boat dock, where state Department of Natural Resources staffers met them to take the turtle to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.
Officials say the shark bite didn’t penetrate the turtle’s body cavity and it’s shown promising signs of recovery.