Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: February 2, 2018
Stranding Location: DuBois Park, Jupiter, FL
Initial Weight: 150.48 lbs.
Current Weight: 172.2 lbs.
Issue: Externally Hooked, Chronic Debilitation
Current Condition: Released
Gavin is a large sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the Intracoastal Waterway at DuBois Park with a hook embedded in its skin near the right front flipper. The initial bloodwork showed anemia and overall poor health due to starvation. Hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics, iron, and vitamins. Gavin was also started on once daily parenteral nutrition supplementation. The turtle was put into freshwater to remove epibiota and leeches that covered the turtle’s body. We will continue to monitor bloodwork closely as we treat Gavin.
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.
09/26/2018 - White count is normal and stable.
09/13/2018 - Gavin is now an adoptable patient!
08/29/2018 - White cell count is normal and stable
08/10/2018 - Still no evidence that erthropoietin is helping.
07/29/2018 - Erythropoietin treatment has showed no effect after the first week.
07/18/2018 - Gavin is undergoing erythropoietin injections at a maximum dose level to determine if it will stimulate the bone marrow at a level higher than was used in Honda and Providencia.
06/27/2018 - Gavin seems to have plateaued. We are considering a new treatment for the anemia.
05/30/2018 - Gavin has been taken off all but one antibiotic.
05/02/2018 - Gavin received the first anti-parasitic medication.
04/20/2018 - Gavin is now back on antibiotics and anemia continues to resolve.
04/11/2018 - Gavin is showing a good bone marrow response.
04/06/2018 - Gavin has been moved into Big Blue Tank.
03/29/2018 - Gavin’s bone marrow is now responding well to treatment.
03/14/2018 - The bone marrow is beginning to function and start producing more immature red blood cells.
03/01/2018 - The parenteral nutrition has been discontinued now. The turtle is doing well and gaining weight.
02/23/2018 - Gavin's parenteral nutrition will be discontinued in the next few days. The turtle is improving.
02/14/2018 - Gavin continues on parenteral nutrition and seems to be progressing appropriately.
02/07/2018 - New patient