Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: September 23, 2020
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 147.20 lbs.
Current Weight: 147.20 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitation
Justice Ginsburg is a subadult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The patient’s bloodwork on arrival indicates anemia and hypoglycemia, and the turtle is underweight and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. Justice Ginsburg is receiving fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork as it is being treated. This turtle had previously stranded near the Cocoa Beach Pier on March 13, 2019, and was a rehabilitation patient at the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center. The turtle was later released on August 1, 2019 from Cocoa Beach.
The turtle requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the turtle's treatment.
The turtle is off all medications.
12/01/2020 -Justice Ginsburg continues to make excellent progress. The turtle is gaining weight, and becoming much more active. The Justice’s anemia is also improving, consistent with recovery from this condition. The turtle’s prognosis remains excellent.
11/01/2020 -Justice Ginsburg continues to progress well, is gaining weight, and its anemia is improving. The turtle remains in the camera tank this month, so the public can watch its progress and movements daily. Justice Ginsburg underwent treatment for chronic debilitation in 2019 at a different facility. The turtle’s prognosis remains excellent.
10/01/2020 -- Justice Ginsburg in progressing nicely, is moving about in a full tank with more energy and has an increased appetite. The turtle has been moved to the camera tank this month, so the public can watch its progress and movements daily. Justice Ginsburg underwent treatment for chronic debilitation in 2019 at a different facility, so we are reviewing its past medical records carefully to aid us in determining what contributed to its re-stranding. Justice Ginsburg’s prognosis remains excellent.
09/29/2020 -- New patient