Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: March 21, 2020
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Initial Weight: 195.36 lbs.
Current Weight: 195.36 lbs.
Issue: Fishing Line Entanglement & Buoyancy Disorder
Brody is an adult male loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found floating offshore of Fort Pierce entangled in fishing line. The line was wrapped around the turtle’s neck, causing a deep constriction wound. Brody also ingested the line, which was embedded into his jaw, extending into his esophagus, and trailing out the cloaca. The entanglement was removed, and the turtle has since passed all of the line extending out of his cloaca. Radiographs revealed mild pneumonia and free air in the turtle’s coelomic cavity, possibly due to a tear in the lung. Upon arrival, Brody was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered his body. The turtle is receiving fluids, antibiotics, topical wound treatments, and nebulization treatments, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff as the constriction wounds, pneumonia, and buoyancy disorder are 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.
05/15/2020 -Brody's white cell count remains stable and we have begun to discontinue some of the antibiotics.
05/08/2020 -Brody's white cell count remains stable and we have begun to discontinue some of the antibiotics.
05/01/2020 -Brody's white cell count remains stable. Radiographs reveal that lungs are healing well.
04/28/2020 -Brody's white cell count is remaining within normal limits.
04/17/2020 -Brody's white cell count is now within normal limits. Brody is now able to sleep flat on the bottom of the tank.
04/09/2020 -Brody's white cell count is coming down with treatment.
03/21/2020 - New Patient