Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: April 14, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 214.94 lbs.
Current Weight: 218.6 lbs.
Issue: Endarteritis / Underweight
Bovenizer is an adult male loggerhead patient that was found in the intake canal of the St. Lucie Power Plant. Because the turtle was underweight and had a very soft plastron (can see the heart beating through it), the turtle was brought to the Sea Turtle Hospital at LoggerheadMarinelife Center for diagnosis and treatment. Initial blood work and radiographs revealed little, but ultrasound of the heart and major vessels suggested the presence of endarteritis, an inflammation of the major vessels, probably caused by parasites in the blood known asspirorchiids. Additional testing is being done to confirm the diagnosis and treatment will be started soon. This is a condition that is generally diagnosed post-mortem (after death).
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.
05/16/2019 -Bovenizer has begun treatment for internal parasites.
05/09/2019 -Bovenizer's white count went up slightly, so antibiotics were started. An ultrasound exam revealed vascular disease in the aorta caused by spirorchiid parasites.
05/05/2019 -Bovenizer is now gaining weight very well.
04/25/2019 - Bovenizer has begun to eat well and gain weight. We are looking into a contrast CT scan, but the turtle is too large for most scanners. Turtle is doing well in the meantime.
04/14/2019 - New patient