Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: March 13, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 165.4 lbs.
Current Weight: lbs.
Issue: Boat Strike
Howard is an adult male loggerhead that was found near Ft. Pierce with a boat strike injury to one rear flipper, to its tail, and to its marginal carapace. The turtle had lost considerable blood and was very anemic upon arrival. The wounds that appeared to be 7-10 days old were cleaned and several bleeding vessels were ligated to stop the bleeding. A pressure bandage was placed on the lower left rear flipper to reduce any more bleeding. The turtle is being monitored closely in case a blood transfusion becomes necessary. The turtle has been started on antibiotics and fluids.
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.
04/17/2019 -Howard's wounds contine to heal well and the flipper is still intact.
04/11/2019 -Howard's wounds continue to heal well and the flipper is still intact.
04/04/2019 - Howard was sedated this week and the wounds were debrided. The turtle has a very god appetite.
03/28/2019 - Howard continues to respond to treatment.
03/20/2019 - Howard's wounds were partially debrided and healing appears to have begun. Packed cell volume is stable, so no transfusion will be necessary.
03/14/2019 - New patient