Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Arrival Date: August 21, 2017
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, FL
Initial Weight: 65.1 lbs.
Current Weight: 80.39 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitation
Current Condition: New Arrival
Brieanna is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The initial blood-work showed anemia and overall poor health due to starvation. Hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics and iron. Radiographs show impacted intestines that are full of what appears to be crab shells. Medications and fluids will help to restart the gut motility and enable the crab parts to be passed. The turtle was put into freshwater to remove epibiota and leeches that covered the turtle’s body for the first 48 hours. We will continue to monitor blood-work closely as we treat Brieanna.
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.
01/03/2018 – Released Dec. 28.
12/27/2017 – Brieanna is set for release tomorrow!
12/20/2017 – The turtle has been cleared for release!
11/29/2017 – Brieanna’s white cell count is within normal limits. The turtle has been taken off all medications. We are waiting for the turtle’s anemia to completely resolve before the turtle will be ready for release.
09/27/2017 – Brieanna has started to respond well to treatment for anemia.
09/17/2017 – Our patients have returned home! We are so thankful for the Georgia Aquarium for taking in our patients during this storm.
09/07/2017 – All of our sea turtle patients have evacuated to the Georgia Aquarium due to Hurricane Irma. They will remain there with a member of our staff until it is safe to return. For all of our preparation for Hurricane Irma visit HERE.
08/31/2017 – Brieanna is responding well to treatment and eating great. This turtle has been gaining weight.
08/21/2017 – Brieanna is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The initial blood-work showed anemia and overall poor health due to starvation.