Species: Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Arrival Date: November 21, 2018
Stranding Location: Cape Cod, MA
Initial Weight: 3.08 lbs.
Current Weight: 3.30 lbs.
Issue: Cold stunned
Current Condition: New patient
Ann is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that arrived cold-stunned from the Cape Cod area, along with 19 others. Sea turtles are cold-blooded and rely on the environment to control their body temperatures. The cold waters in Cape Cod Bay disturb the metabolism of the turtles, causing them to be cold-stunned and have trouble moving. These turtles are often found floating on the water’s surface, leaving them exposed and vulnerable. This patient was flown down to LMC from the New England Aquarium for long-term treatment with the support of Turtles Fly Too. We are also grateful for Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries Service, and FWC for their parts in helping these cold-stunned sea turtles. The turtles are receiving antibiotics and fluids.
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.
01/17/2019 - White cell count is now normal.
01/10/2019 - Due to white cell count going up, a new antibiotic was added.
01/03/2018 - White blood cell count is normal for the first time.
12/26/2018 - Ann's white blood cell count is almost back to normal.
12/12/2018 - Ann finally began to eat and has been eating everything offered.
12/05/2018 - Ann still has not begun to eat. The turtle will be started on parenteral nutrition today.
11/21/2018 - Arrived - The appetite for Ann is slow to return. Turtle is receiving fluids