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Aquarium now uses laser therapy for sea turtles

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By BRUCE SMITH

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The high-tech therapies at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston now include a new laser to treat injured sea turtles and other creatures.

The new laser is being used for the first time at the aquarium on Tuesday on an injured sea turtle.

The laser helps animals recover more quickly from trauma.

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 $24,000 laser is a gift to the aquarium by a donor and by Loggerhead Apparel.

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