Species: Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: January 5, 2018
Stranding Location: Tequesta, FL

Initial Weight
: 5.8 lbs.
Current Weight: 6.03 lbs.

Issue: Boat Strike
Current Condition: Improving


Blade is a small juvenile green sea turtle. It was found by a boater near a marina in Tequesta. The turtle has major damage to the carapace and minor damage to the head from a boat propeller. The turtle is currently on V.A.C. therapy and has been dry docked during treatment. Antibiotics and fluids have also been administered.


Sea_turtle_icon(green)This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.


05/10/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade was release in Coral Cove on May 8!

05/02/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade is doing well and will likely be released in the very near future.

04/26/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade continues doing very well. We are trying to put some weight on the turtle prior to release.

04/20/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/11/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The wound is healing very well.

04/06/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) 

03/29/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade’s white count remains within normal limits since being taken off antibiotics.

03/22/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade has been taken off all antibiotics.

03/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade was PIT tagged this week.

03/09/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade’s white cell count is within normal limits.

03/01/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade is eating well. The turtle’s white cell count has decreased significantly in the last week. We are hopeful that this trend continues.

02/23/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade is now off V.A.C therapy and is in an outside tank full-time.

02/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade is now eating well and may be removed from the V.A.C. therapy in the next week.

02/07/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Blade is still not eating well.

01/31/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Blade is continuing on V.A.C. therapy and is being placed in shallow water once daily to offer food. The turtle has finally started eating occasionally.

01/25/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Blade continues on VAC therapy with no significant change.

01/17/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Blade continues on VAC therapy and is dry-docked most of the time, except when it is taken out once a day and placed in the water to eat.

01/10/17 – New patient

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