Sea Turtle Patient - Sagamore

Sea Turtle Sagamore

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: January 14, 2013
Stranding Location: Barnstable, MA

Initial Weight
: 54.28 lbs.
Current Weight: 59.3 lbs.

Issue: Cold-stun


Admission Note:

Sagamore is a sub adult Loggerhead sea turtle that stranded in the Cape Cod area cold-stunned. The turtle was suffering from hypothermia and was transferred to LMC to receive long-term treatment as facilities in the New England area were over-capacity with other cold-stunned sea turtles. Sagamore will receive the necessary treatments to help support the turtle’s suppressed immune system and a nutritious diet until healthy enough to be released.

Progress Notes:

4/9/2013 - Sagamore was released at the beach adjacent our facility by LMC hospital staff and volunteers after successful rehabilitation.

4/4/2013 - Sagamore has been eating well and gaining weight and is off all medication.

3/28/2013 - Sagamore is no longer receiving any treatments. Sagamore also received flipper tags and a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag, which is standard for all patients to receive prior to release.

3/21/2013 - Sagamore continues to receive oral antibiotics.

3/14/2013 - Sagamore’s pneumonia has resolved and the turtle is responding well to the oral medication. 

3/7/2013 - Sagamore is now receiving all oral medication.

2/28/2013 - Sagamore is doing well in its new tank and is more active. No changes have been made to its treatment plan.

2/21/2013 - Sagamore’s appetite continues to improve. The turtle has recently been moved to its own tank and is doing well.

2/14/2013 - Sagamore’s appetite has improved and the turtle is eating well. Sagamore remains on its current treatment plan.

2/7/2013 - Sagamore has begun to show interest in food and is eating small amounts. Sagamore’s treatment plan has not changed.

1/30/2013 - Sagamore has yet to show an interest in food. The turtle is continuing to receive antibiotics and fluids.

1/23/2013 - Radiographs indicated that Sagamore has pneumonia in both lungs. The turtle is being offered food twice daily but has yet to show any interest. Sagamore is now receiving fluids and vitamin injections in addition to the antibiotics.

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