Species: Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: November 21, 2017
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, FL

Initial Weight
: 51.48 lbs.
Current Weight: 52.25 lbs

Issue: Intestinal Buoyancy disorder
Current Condition: Improving


Ethan is a large juvenile green sea turtle tat was found floating in the Indian River. Radiographs were taken upon arrival and showed a large amount of gas inside the intestines. The gas is causing the turtle to be positively buoyant, and is most likely due to an infection within the gastrointestinal tract. The infection is being treated with antibiotics. We will closely monitor Ethan’s bloodwork as we treat the infection.


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.


01/25/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Ethan was released 1/23

01/17/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Ethan’s blood values are within normal limits and the turtle is off all medications.

01/10/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

01/03/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/27/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Ethan has been moved to a larger tank to increase exercise.

12/20/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/13/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/07/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)  Ethan is progressing very well.

11/29/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) The buoyancy disorder seems to be resolved. The turtle has been put into a deeper tank to allow the turtle to dive. Flipper tags have been applied.

11/21/2017 – New patient

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