Local sea turtle research

Terry Lilley has been out working hard in the field again with research scientists to observe and gather blood and tissue samples from sea turtles who call the North shore of Kauai home. A disease has been weakening the exterior of their shells along with a mysterious tissue breakdown along the outer edges of their flippers.

Collaborative effort

Collaborative effort

The two-day research trip with Reef Guardian biologist Terry Lilley involved George Balazs, a zoologist for NOAA Administration’s turtle research program, and Don Heacock, Kauai District fisheries biologist for Department of Land and Natural Resources and from USGS, Dr. Thierry Work.

Capture

Capture

First look

First look

Examination of mysterious deteriorat

Examination of mysterious deteriorat

Measure and record size

Measure and record size

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Draw blood

Draw blood

Drawing blood

Drawing blood

Laying back during physical

Laying back during physical

Examine

Examine

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Hook removal

Hook removal

Returning to ocean

Returning to ocean

About to be free again

About to be free again

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