Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: December 29, 2022
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Admission Weight: 40.5 lbs.
Current Weight: 38.41 lbs.
Initial Condition: Floating
Little Grayson is a juvenile found floating and unable to dive near Jenson Beach by some boaters. Radiographs indicate pneumonia.
Patient requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the patient's treatment.
Patient is off all medications.
4/28/2023 - Little Grayson was successfully released by boat last week.
4/21/2023 - Little Grayson has been cleared for release. Release is scheduled for Monday, weather permitting.
4/7/2023 - Cleared for release by Dr. Barron. Pending FWC approval.
3/24/2023 - Continuing to monitor swimming and diving.
3/17/2023 - Currently being deep water tested.
3/10/2023 - Will be tested in the deep tank next week.
3/3/2023 - Little Grayson is still floating and likes to rest on the shelf in the tank. Currently on antibiotics and has a weight to counter balance the buoyancy.
2/24/2023 - Still recovering from surgery but starting to eat. Swimming in deep water. Weight will be replaced.
2/17/2023 - Dr. Barron performed an exploratory laparoscopy to determine the cause of gas and examine the GI tract. Little Grayson had some anesthetic complications that caused fluid to build up in the lungs. Little Grayson received medication to remove fluid, gentle coupage, and overnight oxygen therapy. Currently in shallow water to recover.
2/10/2023 - No significant findings on CT scan and the pneumonia has resolved. Working diagnosis is intestinal adhesions from her original injury may allow gas to become trapped intermittently. Currently in a deep dive tank to assess ability to swim.
1/20/2023 - CT scan is scheduled for Wednesday Jan 25 to determine cause of buoyancy. Having physical therapy in deep water during the day but not strong enough be in a full tank all day.
1/13/2023 - Treatment includes antibiotics and a weight on her carapace to counterbalance the floating.
12/29/2022 - New patient.