New endoscope procedure used to remove hook from a turtle
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In a first for Nature Trust (Malta), a state of the art endoscope has been used in an operation to remove a hook from a turtle.
Dr Anthony Gruppetta took three of the above photographs while using the endoscope during the course of the operation on Europa, the loggerhead turtle rescued on Europe Day, 9th May 2017.
Europa was found offshore near White Tower Bay, entangled in marine debris and with an embedded fishing hook in her gullet, NTM said.
Costing €15,000, the endoscope was co-financed by MSDEC two thirds and NTM one third, through donations received through the years.
NTM said that this new endoscope procedure is helping to avoid incisions, and therefore makes the recovery period of the turtle shorter.
Nature Trust (Malta) gave special thanks to Dr Anthony Grupetta and MSDEC for supporting them in their work.