Species: Green Sea Turtle
Arrival Date: October 21, 2015
Stranding Location: Hutchison Island, FL
Initial Weight: 4.85 lbs.
Current Weight: 6.8 lbs.
Issue: Buoyancy disorder
Current Condition: Released
Emmett was found in the surf on Hutchison Island. The turtle has excess intestinal gas, which causes it to float. The turtle does have a good appetite but has been started on two different antibiotics to control intestinal infection and other possible systemic infections.
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.
8/24/2016 – Released from Hobe Sound Beach.
8/07/2016 – The wounds are completely healed. The blood values are very close to normal.
7/07/2016 – A second cryosurgical procedure was done on the wounds, which now appear to be healing well.
6/08/2016 – Emmett underwent cryosurgery on several topical/skin lesions. These lesions appear to be healing well.
5/19/2016 – Emmett has been taken off one antibiotic. The second antibiotic will be discontinued if the blood values continue to improve.
4/28/2016 – Emmett’s white cell count has decreased dramatically since being placed on a new antibiotic.
4/2/2016 – Emmett’s white cell count is slowly decreasing on the current treatment.
2/24/2016 – Emmett’s white cell count this week indicated a rising white cell count, so the treatment regimen has been modified.
2/1/2016 – Emmett’s white cell count has decreased steadily and is currently approaching normal.
1/8/2016 – Emmett’s antibiotics were changed in order to reduce the white cell count to a normal level.
12/17/2015 – Emmett’s white cell count remains steady but still slightly elevated. The turtle is doing well otherwise.
11/30/2015 – Emmett’s white cell count has gone down but has not yet reached normal levels. Treatment regimen will continue.
11/9/2015 – Emmett is no longer floating, but has an elevated white blood cell count. Turtle continues to receive antibiotics, but is doing very well otherwise.
10/26/2015 – Emmett’s antibiotics were changed in order to reduce the white cell count to a normal level.