As Adam approached the turtle in the water, she quickly made every effort she could to get away from him. He had to get behind her and grab her before she tried to duck under again. After he caught her, it was much easier to steer her toward the edge of the water.
Michelle and Marie at the Marine Science Center, working their magic
After we got to the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Michelle checked her over and gave her some fluids for dehydration. Her blood sugar was fine, so she didn't need any glucose.
Rocky with the Horvath Family - this is a Mother's Day they'll remember!
The Horvaths named her "Rocky", but Michelle wanted me to add the name of an herb. She had a list to chose from! The one that went best was Thyme, so the turtle ended up being called Rocky Thyme.
Ann notes, The thing that struck me most was all the spunk this little turtle had - as much as she was struggling, she made a valiant effort to get away from that big guy that was headed towards her! Once at the MSC, she seemed relaxed and calm under the TLC of Michelle and the rest of the MSC "angels."
In a later update, Ann tells us that MSC found paps (papiloma virus, little caulifower-type growths) on Rocky Thyme, so she has been transported to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, as that is the main place for treating paps.
I'd say that was a great Mother's Day for the Horvaths, Adam and Gina and Adam's parents, Ann, Michelle and Maria at MSC, and especially for Rocky Thyme. (Photos courtesy of Ann Zscheile)
Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Marine Science Center
The Turtle Hospital