Species: Loggerhead sea turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: March 27, 2018
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL

Initial Weight
: 86.28 lbs.
Current Weight: 104.63 lbs.

Issue: Chronic debilitation
Current Condition: Improving


Eloise was found floating off Ft. Pierce and was taken ashore by concerned citizens. The turtle was lethargic, debilitated, and covered with barnacles and leeches. Blood work revealed anemia, hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia, and a lack of white blood cells. Radiographs indicated that the turtle was impacted with a large amount of crab shells and other debris. The turtle has been started on parenteral nutrition as well as antibiotics, fluids, and supplements and it is being monitored very closely. The turtle was kept in fresh water for the first 36 hours to help eliminate the barnacles and leeches and is now back in sea water.


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.


07/11/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)Eloise has been cleared for release 7/12.

07/04/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The turtle was tagged for eventual release.

06/27/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Eloise continues to improve and the anemia is almost resolved.

06/20/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

06/13/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

06/07/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

05/30/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Eloise has a good appetite and is gaining weight well.

05/24/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Eloise is finishing treatment for parasites later this week.

05/16/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

05/10/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Eloise has been moved into deeper water and is doing well since the move.

05/02/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Eloise has been doing well since the discontinuation of parenteral nutrition. The turtle is eating very well.

04/26/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Eloise has been taken off parenteral nutrition and the turtle’s bone marrow has begun to respond.

04/20/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Parenteral nutrition has been reduced to once daily.

04/11/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Eloise is slowly improving, but still receiving parenteral nutrition.

04/06/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Eloise receives parenteral nutrition twice daily, and is slowly beginning to eat fish and squid.

03/27/2018 – New patient


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