Species: Green sea turtle
Arrival Date: April 9, 2017
Stranding Location: Port Canaveral, FL
Initial Weight: 16.35 lbs.
Current Weight: 16.95
Issue: Buoyancy disorder
Current Condition: Improving
Jellybean is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found unable to dive in a marina. Radiographs show a large amount of gas throughout the intestines which is the cause for the floating. So far, the cause of the gas is unknown, but may be due to an infection. We will monitor Jellybean’s health with follow up radiographs and weekly bloodwork as we treat the floatation issue.
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.
11/15/2017 – Jellybean was released!
11/08/2017 – Jellybean will be released in the next few days.
10/25/2017 – Jellybean’s white cell count is within normal range. The antibiotics have been reduced.
09/19/2017 – Jellybean did well during transportation and ate aggressively while at the Georgia Aquarium. Jellybean is adjusting well to being back at LMC.
09/17/2017 – Our patients have returned home! We are so thankful for the Georgia Aquarium for taking in our patients during this storm.
09/07/2017 – All of our sea turtle patients have evacuated to the Georgia Aquarium due to Hurricane Irma. They will remain there with a member of our staff until it is safe to return. For all of our preparation for Hurricane Irma visit HERE.
08/16/2017 – Jellybean was moved to a larger tank to give the turtle more space to swim.
08/02/2017 – Jellybean’s bloodwork has been variable but has been of no great concern.
07/05/2017 – Jellybean’s blood work has approached normal limits. The turtle’s blood work will be reviewed next week to possibly discontinue all antibiotics.
06/08/2017 – Jellybean’s white cell count has been decreasing appropriately since the change of medications last week.
05/31/2017 – Jellybean’s white cell count has increased. Medications have been modified.
05/03/2017 – Jellybean has a slightly elevated white cell count that we are monitoring and treating.
04/19/2017 – Jellybean has responded very well to treatment and is now able to dive. The turtle was tagged today in preparation for eventual release.
04/09/2017 – Jellybean is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found unable to dive in a marina. Radiographs show a large amount of gas throughout the intestines which is the cause for the floating. So far, the cause of the gas is unknown, but may be due to an infection. We will monitor Jellybean’s health with follow up radiographs and weekly bloodwork as we treat the floatation issue.