Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: September 16, 2018
Stranding Location: Juno Beach, Florida
Initial Weight: 70.8 lbs.
Current Weight: 77.6 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Current Condition: New patient
Corwin is named in honor of Jeff Corwin, our 10th Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon special guest and keynote speaker. Since Jeff's early childhood, he has had a passion for wildlife and today, he is recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation. Presently, Jeff is Executive Producer and Host of the ABC television series Ocean Treks. Jeff also formerly hosted Ocean Mysteries. In March of 2015, Ocean Mysteries went viral when a scientific research team along with Jeff, discovered the world’s largest freshwater fish. The record-breaking giant freshwater stingray, caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River, was over 14 feet long and 8 feet wide.
Jeff’s work has been recognized with the top industry awards including three Emmy Awards (outstanding travel series, host, and director categories), numerous Telly Awards, the Cynopsis Social Good Award, the Cine Special Jury Award, and the Parents’ Choice Awards. In 2014, Jeff served as narrator for the critically acclaimed IMAX-format film Galapagos Nature’s Wonderland, executively produced and written by Sir David Attenborough, which is currently running in IMAX theaters worldwide. Jeff is also the Executive Producer and host of the future IMAX-format film, Expedition Chesapeake, in partnership with Whittaker Center, presently in production. In 2010, Jeff served as Special Correspondent for Science and the Environment for MSNBC and NBC news, where he covered the impact and recovery efforts of the Gulf oil spill.
Corwin is a sub-adult loggerhead patient that was found struggling in the surf on Juno Beach. The patient’s bloodwork on arrival indicated anemia and hypoglycemia. Corwin is underweight, lethargic and is in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. Corwin is receiving parenteral nutrition, antibiotics, and iron. Hospital staff will closely monitor the overall health of the turtle with weekly bloodwork.
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.
04/17/2019 -Corwin's white cell count is going back down on the new treatment.
04/11/2019 -Corwin's white blood cell count went up when the medications were decreased, so a new antibiotic was added.
04/04/2019 - Corwin has been doing well this week. Antibiotics have been reduced.
03/27/2019 - Corwin's blood values are normal.
03/20/2019 - Corwin's carapace wounds are slowly filling in.
03/13/2019 - Corwin's carapace wound was debrided and is progressing very well.
03/06/2019 - Corwin's carapace wound is making good progress toward healing.
02/27/2019 - Corwin was moved to a green tank to give it more swimming room.
02/20/2019 - Corwin’s carapace wound is improving. VAC therapy has been discontinued and replaced with a waterproof bandage so that the turtle can be in the water again.
02/13/2019 - Corwin's carapace wound is healing well. The turtle is still dry-docked, but goes into the water once daily for feeding.
02/06/2019 - Corwin continues on VAC therapy and is primarily dry-docked.
02/04/2019 - Corwin is back on VAC therapy after we debrided dead bone from the carapace.
01/10/2019 - VAC therapy has been discontinued and the turtle is doing well.
01/03/2019 - Responding to VAC therapy.
12/26/2018 - Corwin is now on full time VAC therapy.
12/19/2018 - Corwin's VAC therapy continues.
12/12/2018 - Corwin continues to undergo VAC therapy for the carapace infection.
12/05/2018 - Corwin is undergoing VAC therapy for the carapace infection.
11/28/2018 - Corwin has an infection in the bones of the carapace and hass been started on modified VAC treatment
11/14/2018 - Corwin is improving daily
11/07/2018 - Corwin is finally beginning to gain weight.
10/24/2018 - Corwin lost weight after parenteral nutrition was stopped, so its diet has been modified. Doing very well otherwise.
10/17/2018 - Corwin has been taken off parenteral nutrition and is gaining weight well.
10/10/2018 - Corwin's packed cell volume has begun to improve, so the anemia is beginning to resolve. We will be stopping the parenteral nutrition this week.
09/26/2018 - Corwin is improving behaviorally. The turtle has been placed in deeper water and is swimming better. Appetite is good, except the turtle does not like fish (capelin).
09/17/2018 - New patient - The turtle will received parenteral nutrition one hour, twice a day.