Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: December 3, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 171.08 lbs.
Current Weight: 194.4 lbs.

Issue: Chronic Debilitation

Citrus is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The patient’s bloodwork on arrival indicates anemia and overall poor health due to chronic debilitation. Citrus is underweight, and radiographs revealed an intestinal impaction with a large amount of crab shells. The turtle is receiving fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork as she’s being treated.

Citrus is named in honor of Lilly Pulitzer, the iconic American resort wear fashion powerhouse born in Palm Beach. On Saturday, December 28, Lilly Pulitzer invited guests to the highly anticipated Beach Bash Palm Beach with this year’s theme, Squeeze the Day, to benefit the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Saving sea turtles never looked so good! Now in its 14th year, philanthropic influencers descended upon The Beach Club on the island which made Lilly Pulitzer an iconic resort wear brand. More than 60 years ago, Pulitzer radically transformed from her citrus juice stand to the fashion scene, and her colorful punch on Worth Avenue is still noted today! “Squeeze the Day” honors Lilly Pulitzer’s Palm Beach beginnings, optimistic approach to life and love for the Palm Beaches.



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.


04/28/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus was released on Earth Day!

04/17/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus will likely be released in the near future.

04/09/2020- Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume has now increased to 28%.

03/26/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume has begun to increase to 25%.

03/19/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume has stabilized with the iron injections.

03/12/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume decreased slightly this week so the turtle has been started on iron injections.

03/05/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume increased to 24% this week.

02/27/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus’ packed cell volume has leveled off at 22%. Will wait one week to decide if additional treatment is required.

02/20/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Citrus’ packed cell volume is up to 22%, aiming for 30%.

02/13/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus is beginning treatment for parasites.

02/06/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Citrus continues to do very well.

01/30/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume is up to 19%. The turtle will be started on anti-parasiticides very soon.

01/23/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' white cell count is remaining normal without treatment. Its packed cell volume is up to 18% and climbing.

01/16/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' white cell count is remaining normal, so it was taken off all antibiotics.

01/09/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume has finally started to go up, now at 16%

01/02/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus has begun to show evidence of bone marrow response.

12/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus is still not showing evidence of bone marrow response. We will continue to monitor.

12/19/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Citrus' packed cell volume is stable at 14%. We anticipate that the bone marrow will start functioning soon to begin to elevate it.

12/12/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Citrus is doing well and eating well.

12/03/2019 - New Patient