Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: August 8, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 66.44 lbs.
Current Weight: 70.8 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitation
Earhart is a subadult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The patient’s bloodwork on arrival indicates anemia and hypoglycemia. Radiographs also revealed an intestinal impaction with a large amount of crab shells.Earhart is underweight and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. The turtle was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered its body. Earhart is receiving fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork as its being treated.
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.
09/12/2019 - Earhart’s bone marrow is now responding better and anemia is beginning to resolve.
08/23/2019 - Earhart is beginning to respond to treatment.
08/08/2019 - New Patient