Burt Reynolds

Species: Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
(Lepidochelys olivacea)

Arrival Date
: October 29, 2016
Stranding Location: Hobe Sound, FL

Initial Weight
: 29.2 lbs.
Current Weight: 47.5 lbs.

Issue: Entanglement
Current Condition: Improving

IN HONOR OF BURT REYNOLDS:

Burt Reynolds, our sea turtle patient, was named in honor of home town hero and television, stage, and film icon Burt Reynolds. Upon visiting the center, Burt Reynolds exclaimed “”I’m very happy to know that Burt Reynolds (the turtle) is in good hands with Jack and everybody at Loggerhead Marinelife Center,” said actor Burt Reynolds. “They do great work and I am proud to be associated with them, I visit whenever I can – you should too.”

ADMISSION NOTE:

Burt Reynolds is a sub-adult Olive Ridley sea turtle that was found entangled in a net in the surf on Hobe Sound Beach. Burt Reynolds is the first Olive Ridley to strand as far north as Martin County, and is also only the 5th Olive Ridley to be documented stranding in Florida. Olive Ridleys are pelagic animals that are more commonly found around Central and South America. Burt Reynolds arrived underweight with a constriction injury to the front left flipper and will receive appropriate treatment. The turtle has been started on parenteral nutrition.

PROGRESS KEY:

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.

PROGRESS NOTES:

08/16/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Burt Reynolds was released off shore in Key West today, Wednesday, August 16th. A satellite transmitter was placed on the carapace. You can follow this turtle’s path on our website.

08/10/2017 Sea_turtle_icon(green) Plans are progressing for Burt Reynold’s release in the Keys with a satellite transmitter.

08/02/2017 Sea_turtle_icon(green) Burt Reynolds has been cleared for release and will be released within two weeks with a satellite transmitter.

07/27/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Burt Reynolds has been medically cleared for release in the near future

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07/05/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Burt Reynolds’ white cell count has reached normal and all antibiotics have been discontinued.

06/28/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

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06/15/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)White blood cell count still slightly elevated.

06/08/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Burt Reynolds’ white cell count is still slightly elevated. The turtle will continue to receive antibiotics.

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05/11/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)The white cell count has increased, so the treatment regimen has been changed.

05/03/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Burt Reynolds’ white cell count is approaching normal and the wound treatments have been discontinued.

04/19/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

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04/06/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Burt Reynolds’ white cell count has been variable, but the wounds are healing well.

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03/08/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Burt Reynolds’ white cell count has decreased significantly in the last couple of weeks. The lesions on the head, neck, and nostrils have shown improvement.

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02/16/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)The treatment regimen has been adjusted.

02/08/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)The antibiotics were switched and the white cell count has improved dramatically. The wounds from the surgery are healing well.

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01/12/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Lesions on the neck from surgery are healing well and being treated topically.

01/04/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Two abscesses on the neck were surgically removed this week.

12/29/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/21/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Moved to a larger tank to prevent it from damaging its beak.

12/14/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/09/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Due to the fact that anemia was not resolving. Iron supplementation was started two weeks ago. Since that change, the anemia has improved dramatically.

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11/10/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)The turtle was originally started on parenteral nutrition (PN), but is eating well enough to discontinue PN.

11/02/2016 – Burt Reynolds is a sub-adult Olive Ridley sea turtle that was found entangled in a net in the surf on Hobe Sound Beach. Burt Reynolds is the first Olive Ridley to strand as far north as Martin County, and is also only the 5th Olive Ridley to be documented stranding in Florida. Olive Ridleys are pelagic animals that are more commonly found around Central and South America. Burt Reynolds arrived underweight with a constriction injury to the front left flipper and will receive appropriate treatment. The turtle has been started on parenteral nutrition.

 

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