Species: Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: January 15, 2018
Stranding Location: Singer Island, FL

Initial Weight
: 4.62 lbs.
Current Weight: 5.94 lbs.

Issue: Trauma
Current Condition: Improving


Deedee is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found washed onto the beach on Singer Island. The turtle has trauma of an unknown origin to the neck and plastron that had become infected. The bloodwork was consistent with having an infection but did not indicate any other abnormalities. Deedee is also floating in the tank. The cause of the floatation is not known at this time. There is no evidence of spinal trauma or air in the coelomic cavity or intestines that would cause the floatation. Deedee’s wounds are being flushed three times a day, and the turtle is receiving fluids and antibiotics.


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.


05/10/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Deedee was released in Coral Cove on May 8!

05/02/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Deedee was tagged in preparation for release in the very near future.

04/26/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Deedee is doing well of antibiotics.

04/20/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/11/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/06/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) 

03/29/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The modified treatment is bringing the white cell count back down, almost to normal.

03/22/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The white cell count is increasing. The turtle’s treatment plan has been modified.

03/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) We are continuing laser therapy on the plastron wounds and discontinued all other topical treatments. The wounds are healing very well.

03/09/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

03/01/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Deedee’s white cell count has decreased dramatically in the last two weeks and is approaching normal limits.

02/23/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The white cell count is now improving.

02/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) The white cell count has stopped increasing with the new treatment regimen.

02/07/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) The white cell count has increased. Deedee is on new antibiotics.

01/31/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Deedee has started eating and the white cell count is slowly decreasing.

01/25/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) The infected area of the plastron seem to be improving with treatment, which has now had honey added to it.

01/17/2018 – New patient


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