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We investigated the respiratory physiology of 25 loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) that were opportunistically tested after having been brought to a rehabilitation facility at the Oceanogràfic. The turtles were divided into two groups: turtles with or without GE from fisheries interaction. While we could not control for age, sex or general health among individuals, our results indicate that hyperbaric treatment significantly increased respiratory flow and tidal volume. 
Only the data regarding pre-post treatment are presented here, for more results please download the master thesis.

 

Table showing respiratory durations before and after treatment in animals with DCS versus healthy.
Vertical bar chart with error bars of inspiratory and expiratory flows before and after treatment for animals with and without gas emboli. The results before/after treatment for both groups are presented as follow: a- inspiratory flow for healthy animals ; b -inspiratory flow for sick animals ; c -expiratory flows for healthy animals ; d – expiratory flow for sick animals. All results were significant with p < 0.05.
Figure 5: Vertical bar chart with error bars of inspiratory and expiratory tidal volumes before and after treatment for animals with and without gas emboli. Tidal volume ranged from 0 to 60 ml.kg-1. The results before/after treatment for both groups are presented as follow (TV stands for tidal volumes): a- inspiratory TV for healthy animals ; b – inspiratory TV for sick animals ; c -expiratory TV for healthy animals ; d – expiratory TV for sick animals. All results were significant with p < 0.05.


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