Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: April 4, 2019
Stranding Location: Blowing Rocks, FL
Initial Weight: 188.76 lbs.
Current Weight: 197.9 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Chasey is a sub-adult loggerhead patient that was found floating in the surf off Blowing Rocks Preserve. LMC staff teamed up with Blowing Rocks Preserve staff and volunteers, and FWC staff and volunteers including officers Ames and Hudson who swam out into the rough surf to rescue the turtle. The turtle arrived with a heavy epibiota load that included barnacles, algae, and leeches due to its inactivity. Upon arrival, the patient’s bloodwork showed anemia,hypoglycemia, and overall poor health. Radiographs revealed the turtle’s gastrointestinal track is extremely impacted with food material. Hospital staff will closely monitor the turtle with routine bloodwork as its being treated with antibiotics.
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.
08/16/2019 -The new therapy dose was increased again this week.
08/09/2019 -The new therapy seems to be starting to work. We are cautiously increasing the dose to improve the response.
08/05/2019 -We are trying an experimental therapy to resolve Chasey’s low red blood cell count (anemia).
07/26/2019 -Chasey’s blood values are all normal except the packed cell volume which is 26% and needs to be 30%.
07/18/2019 -Chasey’s bone marrow has begun to respond again.
07/11/2019 -Chasey has been taken off all meds to see if that will improve its situation.
07/04/2019 -Chasey still has shown no change in blood values this week. Additional tests are being run to determine why the anemia is not resolving further.
06/27/2019 -Chasey has shown no change in blood values this week.
06/20/2019 -Chasey’s blood values are great except the anemia is still 5% low. It should be improving soon.
06/13/2019 -Chasey’s white cell count remains normal off all medication.
06/06/2019 -Chasey is off all antibiotics and the anemia is almost resolved.
05/30/2019 -Chasey received her final parasite treatment and was tagged this week for eventual release.
05/23/2019 -Chasey continues to improve and is receiving treatment for parasites.
05/16/2019 -Chasey continues to improve and is receiving treatment for parasites.
05/09/2019 -Chasey's bone marrow is now showing a good response.
05/05/2019 -Chasey remains anemic as we wait for the bone marrow to begin to function better.
04/25/2019 - Chasey no longer has the buoyancy problem and is eating well. White cell count is remaining normal.
04/17/2019 - Chasey now has a very good appetite and has begun passing large quantities of bivalve shells. Almost 4 liters of air were removed from the intestines today.
04/04/2019 - New patient