Rescued sea turtle who survived boat strike coming to St. Louis Aquarium

"Tsumani" is being flown into St. Louis on Tuesday from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.

Sam Masterson
June 23, 2020 - 10:29 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The ocean life in Shark Canyon at the St. Louis Aquarium will have a new tank mate soon. 

(St. Louis Aquarium)
Tsunami, a 66.13 pound, 24.2 inch long straight carapace length Green Sea Turtle, is a boat strike survivor from Shellman's Bluff Fish Camp and will arrive in St. Louis on Tuesday. She's being flown in from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, where she's lived since July 18, 2017. He had injuries to the left side of the head behind the eye and extending down over the maxilla and into the mandible, distill part of the jaw and to the left front flipper. 

She will first be placed into his temporary habitat where she will spend a few days before being transferred into his new home in the Shark Canyon environment.

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Tsunami was a critical patient for a long time at the center, from tube feeding to daily wound care she had a long road to recovery. At the end of September 2017, Tsunami finally started showing interest in food and by October she was able to eat on his own.

She needed had jaw therapy and electro acupuncture therapy to help stimulate jaw movement due to the injury. She has done well and continues to use his jaw with weekly therapy. Tsunami loves Romaine and leafy lettuce, cucumbers and peppers. 

Tsunami is being re-homed to the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station where she is expected to do well in a large tank with the professional animal care team that will be able to continue his jaw therapy as needed. 

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