On November 20, 2008, Goose stranded in Eastham and came to the Aquarium for treatment. Goose, named for a gooseneck barnacle on his carapace, is a green sea turtle. When he first arrived he was not breathing on his own and had to be placed on a ventilator. He was also given emergency drugs to stimulate his heart and breathing. After about two hours, Goose became alert and was swimming in a kiddie pool for short periods by the end of the day!
As posted on February 11, Goose spent some time being cared for at the University of New England Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center and returned to the Aquarium when our Sea Turtle Recovery Room opened. [The space that housed the Sea Turtle Recovery Room is now The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. Rescued sea turtles are now cared for at the new, much larger Animal Care Clinic in Quincy.] He is now off medications and doing very well. He is currently on a diet because he eats everything in sight, except his vegetables of course. We offer him romaine lettuce because green sea turtles eat plant material in the wild, but so far he prefers fish. There is a great view of him in our Sea Turtle Recovery Room so stop by and visit!