Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: January 23, 2020
Stranding Location: Jupiter, FL
Initial Weight: 192.06 lbs.
Current Weight: 204.9 lbs.
Issue: Buoyancy Disorder
Annie Beau is a subadult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found floating and unable to dive near the Jupiter Lighthouse. Radiographs revealed a large amount of air and crab shells throughout the turtle’s intestines. Annie Beau was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered its body. The turtle is receiving fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff as the buoyancy disorder is 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.
04/03/2020 -Annie Beau continues to undergo nebulization and is doing well.
03/26/2020 -Radiographs this week revealed that all of the gas is gone from Annie Beau's intestines.
03/19/2020 -Annie Beau is doing well as she undergoes treatment for pneumonia.
03/12/2020 -Annie Beau is passing what appears to be normal feces now.
03/05/2020 - Annie Beau was colonoscoped 135 cm (about 5 feet) into the colon and no obstruction was encountered. A new technique was used to penetrate the plastron to remove 10+ liters of air from the small intestines, thereby allowing the turtle to rest on the bottom. We are hoping the obstruction may pass naturally at this point.
02/27/2020 - Annie Beau was given an ultrasound this week and an object was found in the colon. A colonoscopy is planned for next week to see if it can be reached for mechanical removal.
02/20/2020 - Annie Beau has been started on a very strong drug to stimulate GI contractions to dislodge a blockage.
02/13/2020 - Annie beau was given more mineral oil this week and continues to pass small amounts of feces but not mineral oil yet.
02/06/2020 -Annie Beau is still floating. The turtle was given mineral oil orally to dislodge any blockage.
01/30/2020 - New Patient