Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: September 27, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 154.22 lbs.
Current Weight: 159.7 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitation
Bailey is an adult male loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The turtle is missing its right front flipper due to an unknown trauma. Bailey’s bloodwork on arrival indicates anemia and hypoglycemia. Radiographs also revealed an intestinal impaction with a large amount of crab shells. Bailey 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 his body. Bailey is receiving fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork as he is 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.
10/17/2019 -Bailey is now beginning to respond to the anemia treatment.
10/10/2019 -Bailey has been passing large amounts of crab parts and is eating well.
10/03/2019 - New Patient