Sea turtle struck by boat, could not be saved

  • An injured honu (sea turtle), which had been struck by a boat off Kauai, had a wound that exposed its lungs, and sustained damage to its spinal cord. It was humanely euthanized. Courtesy photo

After being struck by a vessel and stranding at Maha‘ulepu, Gillins beach on Kauai, sea turtle stranding responders knew the prognosis was poor for this large 150 pound green sea turtle. The animal was rescued from the beach and transported to Oahu to be examined by a qualified sea turtle veterinarian that works with NOAA. There was hope that there might be a chance the turtle could survive its injuries and receive the necessary treatment and rehabilitation to be returned to the ocean.