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SC Aquarium has own laser therapy for sea turtles

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SC Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shane Boylan says laser therapy stimulates production of a chemical called ATP in wildlife. SC Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shane Boylan says laser therapy stimulates production of a chemical called ATP in wildlife.
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The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston has obtained its own laser to treat injured sea turtles and other creatures. Officials say that should speed the time turtles are treated in the aquarium's sea turtle hospital.

Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shane Boylan says laser therapy stimulates production of a chemical called ATP in wildlife. That's the chemical that help their bodies repair injuries and ease the pain from such injuries.

The new laser was used for the first time Tuesday on an injured Kemp's ridley sea turtle. The turtle was held by a staffer and blindfolded to protect its eyes. Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shane Boylan then treated a swollen joint with the laser to stimulate production of the chemical ATP that helps the body repair injuries. It also eases the pain from such injuries.

The aquarium previously had to rely on volunteers with access to a laser to bring it in periodically for animal treatment.

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