Species: Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: January 9, 2018
Stranding Location: Ft. Pierce, FL

Initial Weight
: 13.24
Current Weight: 13.64

Issue: Buoyancy Disorder
Current Condition: New patient


Crimson is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found floating near a dock in Ft. Pierce. There is an old healed injury to the carapace that apparently involves nerve damage to the rear flippers. Radiographs revealed some air in the intestines and fluids in the coelomic cavity. Special contrast radiograph studies are underway to determine an exact diagnosis. Cultures of the coelomic fluids were taken, and the turtle has been started on antibiotics and fluids.


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.


03/22/2018 –  Crimson was released at Walton Rocks Beach on 3/20/18.

03/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

03/09/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The motility stimulant worked well and things are moving like they should be.

03/01/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Crimson’s white cell count looks good, but the intestinal contents are not moving as rapidly as expected. A motility stimulant has been started.

02/23/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

02/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Crimson has been taken off all antibiotics.

02/07/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

01/31/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The turtle seems to be responding well to treatment and is now able to rest on the bottom of the tank.

01/25/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) White blood cell count has improved over the last week.

01/17/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Cultures of the coelomic fluids that were taken last week have been completed and the antibiotics on which the turtle was started should work well. A contrast radiography study has given no indication of a ruptured intestine.

01/10/17 – New patient

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