Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: June 26, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 104.5 lbs.
Current Weight: 111.1 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.
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