Jax

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: June 20, 2015
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 47.00 lbs.
Current Weight: 69.12 lbs.

Issue: Chronic Debilitation Syndrome
Current Condition: Imoproving

ADMISSION NOTE:

Jax is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle that was found floating in the surf at Jensen Beach Park. The turtle was lethargic, underweight, and had barnacles on its carapace and leeches on its skin. Bloodwork has shown that the turtle is severly anemic and hypoglycemic. The turtle will be kept in fresh water for the first couple of days to remove any external parasites. The turtle will receive intravenous nutrition, fluids, antibiotics, and iron injections as prescribed.

PROGRESS NOTES:

1/8/2016 – Jax was released on December 29, 2015!

12/17/2015 – Jax continues to do well without medications and is likely to be released in the next few weeks.

11/30/2015 – Jax has been tagged.  The carapace is hardening fairly quickly.  We are hopeful the turtle will be releasable in the near future.

11/9/2015 – Jax has been moved to the big tank to give the turtle more room to get more exercise.  The carapace is slowly improving as we continue calcium supplementation.

10/26/2015 – Jax is continuing to do well. The carapace is strengthening with the aid of a calcium supplement.

10/8/2015 – Jax has been taken off of all medication except a calcium supplement to aid in the hardening of the carapace.  The turtle is doing very well otherwise.

9/6/2015 – Jax has undergone treatment for parasites and is responding well to treatment for anemia. Overall this turtle is doing very well.

8/6/2015 – Parenteral nutrition was discontinued due to Jax’s increased energy and mobility. Jax has been eating well, gaining weight, and has been much more active.

7/6/2015 – Jax is a juvenile loggerhead turtle that was found floating in the surf of Jensen Beach Park. The turtle is lethargic, underweight, and has barnacles on its carapace and leeches on its skin. Bloodwork has shown that the turtle is severely anemic and hypoglycemic. The turtle will be kept in fresh water for the first couple of days to remove any external parasites. The turtle will receive intravenous nutrition, fluids, antibiotics, and iron injections as prescribed.

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