Species: Post hatchling green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Transferred patient (CM23-17)
Arrival Date: February 7, 2023
Stranding Location: South Beach Park, Boca Raton
Admission Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Current Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Initial Condition: Washback, head trauma
Blackbead (BB) is a post hatchling green that was found washed up on South Beach Park, Boca Raton. The right eye had extensive damage so it was removed. Currently not using the left flipper and the joint is swollen. Working diagnosis is septic arthritis. Treatment includes antibiotics, pain medication, fluids and tube feeding.
Patient requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the patient's treatment.
Patient is off all medications.
3/31/2023 - The right eye had extensive damage so it was removed. Septic arthritis started spreading and the turtle did not have vision in left eye. Elected humane euthanasia.
3/24/2023 - Started eating regularly. Treatment includes antibiotics.
3/17/2023 - New patient.