Species: Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Arrival Date: December 15, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 54.87 lbs.
Current Weight: 54.5 lbs.
Issue: Shark Bite
Jane is a subadult Kemp’s ridley sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The turtle has shark bite injuries to its left front flipper, head, and plastron. The wounds will be treated topically with betadine and therapeutic laser. Jane will receive antibiotics and be monitored closely by hospital staff as its wounds are being treated.
Jane is named in honor of The Royal Poinciana Plaza, an iconic destination that serves as a jewel box oasis in the heart of beautiful Palm Beach. Built in the late 1950s, it stands today as a landmarked property and one of Palm Beach’s most treasured architectural gems. With 180,000 square feet of retail space and lush, sprawling gardens, it offers a unique international shopping and entertainment destination for indulgence, inspiration, and retreat. To represent shared values with LMC surrounding women empowerment, The Royal Poinciana Plaza has named their sea turtle Jane. Jane is in honor of Lillian Jane Volk, a powerful female woven through the history of The Royal!
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.
03/26/2020 -Jane was released at Canaveral National Seashore Sanctuary. Jane can be tracked at marinelife.org/tracking-jane
03/19/2020 -Jane is close to being ready for release.
03/12/2020 -Jane is close to being ready for release.
03/05/2020 -Jane has been tagged for eventual release.
02/27/2020 - Jane has been taken off all antibiotics and will be tagged next week.
02/20/2020 - Jane’s white cell count is back within normal limits.
02/13/2020 - Jane's white cell count is high normal so we are delaying stopping the remaining medication for now.
02/06/2020 - Jane's white cell count is normal with reduced medication. Remaining medication may be discontinued next week.
01/30/2020 - Jane's white cell count is remaining normal, so the antibiotics have been reduced.
01/23/2020 -Jane was sedated and all of the wounds were debrided today. The wounds are all healing well.
01/16/2020 -Jane is eating better, but is insisting on some lobster with her shrimp and squid!
01/09/2020 -Jane is refusing to eat most of what we feed the turtles. She does seem to like lobster, however!
01/02/2020 -Jane's white cell count is not improving, so an additional antibiotic was added to the treatment regimen.
12/26/2019 -Jane is improving with treatment and white blood cell count is coming down.
12/15/2019 - New Patient