Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: June 24, 2019
Stranding Location: Jupiter, FL
Initial Weight: 223.74 lbs.
Current Weight: 192.5 lbs.
Issue: Unintentional Boat Strike
Galapagos is an adult male green sea turtle patient that was found floating and unable to dive offshore of Jupiter. The turtle has an old unintentional boat strike injury to the back of his carapace, and fresh boat strike injuries on his right marginal carapace. The wounds will be treated topically with betadine, honey, and therapeutic laser. Galapagos will receive antibiotics and be monitored closely as the buoyancy disorder and boat strike injuries are 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.
10/31/2019 - Galapagos' white cell count is continuing to improve and the wounds appear completely healed.
10/24/2019 - Galapagos seems to be responding to the new treatment.
10/17/2019 - Galapagos' white cell count went back up, so a new treatment was initiated.
10/10/2019 - Galapagos' medication has been reduced.
10/03/2019 -Galapagos' white cell count is back down to normal.
09/26/2019 -Galapagos' white cell count is approaching normal numbers again.
09/12/2019 - One of the prop wounds on the carapace had to be debrided, but it looks like it should heal well now.
08/23/2019 - Galapagos finally passed the BIPS, indicating that he is able to defecate.
08/16/2019 - Galapagos had another endoscopy procedure to confirm the scarring in the colon and that the turtle is now passing feces on its own.
08/09/2019 - Galapagos’ surgery has been postponed as the turtle has passed some waste, but we are uncertain how it is coming out. More info to come.
08/05/2019 - Galapagos has given an indication that he is unable to defecate, so we performed a colonoscopy. There appears to be severe scar tissue at the colon sphincter, probably due to the earlier boat strike. We are investigating possible options, but there may not be any.
07/26/2019 - Galapagos’ white cell count is approaching normal. Radiographs reveal a possible intestinal obstruction that we will be investigating.
07/18/2019 - Galapagos’ white cell count is coming down.
07/11/2019 - Galapagos’ appetite continues to improve. We have attached weights to the carapace and the turtle is now resting comfortably on the bottom.
07/04/2019 - Galapagos is eating better.
06/25/2019 - New Patient