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Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: December 29, 2018
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL

Initial Weight
: 33.7 lbs.
Current Weight: 36.7 lbs.

Issue: Buoyancy

Geppetto is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating in the Intracoastal by boaters. The turtle has an old healed wound on the carapace from an unknown cause. Radiographs taken upon arrival show a large amount of gas in the intestines. The gas is most likely due to an intestinal infection. Bloodwork shows a systemic infection. Geppetto will receive antibiotics and be monitored closely as the buoyancy disorder is 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.


05/16/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Geppetto's white cell count went back up, so a new treatment has been started.

05/09/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Geppetto's white cell count now appears stable.

05/05/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Geppetto's white cell count continues to improve.

04/25/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Geppetto's white cell count continues to go down.

04/17/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Geppetto had a rising white cell count, so the antibiotics have been changed and it is now coming back down.

04/11/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Geppetto's carapace weight was removed again this week and the turtle adjusted to it well. The turtle is now resting comfortably on the bottom without any weight.

04/04/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Geppetto's carapace weight was removed entirely this week, but the turtle was not comfortable, so it was replaced.

03/27/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Geppetto's carapace weight has been reduced again to only 2 ounces and the turtle continues to rest flat on the bottom.

03/20/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Geppetto's carapace weigh has been reduced again to only 4 ounces and the turtle continues to rest flat on the bottom.

03/13/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)  Geppetto continues to rest flat on the bottom.

03/06/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Geppetto's weighting has been reduced and the turtle continues to rest flat on the bottom.

02/27/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)  Antibiotics have been reduced for Geppetto

02/20/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Geppetto’s white count is remaining normal.

02/13/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)

02/06/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Geppetto only floated in Big Blue, so it was moved to one of the green tanks and is now resting on the bottom more.

02/04/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green) Geppetto has been placed in deeper water to stimulate diving.

01/25/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green) Weights were attached to the carapace and the turtle is now able to rest flat on the bottom of the tank.

01/17/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)

01/10/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Geppetto is now eating well, but is still floating continuously.

12/31/2018 -  New patient