Species: Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Arrival Date
: February 23, 2020
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 16.28 lbs.
Current Weight: 16.28 lbs.

Issue: Unknown Trauma

Fortin is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The turtle has trauma from an unknown cause to its carapace that will be treated topically with antibiotics and therapeutic laser. Fortin will receive antibiotics and be monitored closely by hospital staff as its wounds are being treated.



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.


05/22/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin was released at Walton Rocks this week! View video from the release here >

05/15/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin has been medically cleared and is scheduled for release next week.

05/08/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin's white cell count is remaining normal and the turtle has been taken off antibiotics.

05/01/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin's white cell count is remaining normal.

04/28/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin's white cell is remaining within normal limits.

04/17/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin's white cell count is now within normal limits.

04/09/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin's white cell count is coming down with the new treatments.

03/26/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin is progressing well with treatment.

03/19/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin's wounds seem to be healing well.

03/12/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Fortin's white cell count is now normal.

03/05/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Fortin's white cell count is coming down and healing is taking place in the wounds.

02/27/2020 - New Patient