Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: June 26, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 104.5 lbs.
Current Weight: 112.8 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitated
America is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The patient’s bloodwork on arrival indicates anemia and hypoglycemia. Radiographs also revealed an intestinal impaction with a large amount of crab shells. America is underweight and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. The turtle was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered its body. America is receiving fluids and antibiotics, and hospital staff will closely monitor the turtle with routine bloodwork as its being treated.
This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.
There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.
More details to follow.
09/12/2019 - America has been taken off all medication and was tagged for eventual release.
08/23/2019 - America is continuing to improve. The turtle will get its second round of treatment for parasites soon.
08/16/2019 - America had some dead bone on its carapace from a previous unintentional boat strike. This dead bone was removed this week and the area is healing well while being treated topically.
08/09/2019 - America’s anemia has resolved enough that it is beginning treatment for parasites.
08/05/2019 - America’s bone marrow is responding well and the anemia is improving.
07/26/2019 - America is continuing to improve.
07/18/2019 - America’s white cell count is normal and the bone marrow is responding to the anemia.
07/11/2019 - America is doing well and seems to be floating a little less each day.
07/04/2019 - America's appetite is good, but it has a buoyancy issue that will be treated.
06/26/2019 - New Patient