Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: March 27, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 7.92 lbs.
Current Weight: 8.76 lbs.
Kaimana is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal with a heavy epibiota load on its carapace. The turtle is underweight, lethargic, and in poor health overall due to being debilitated. Kaimana also has wounds on its carapace, most likely from the heavy epibiota load, that will be treated topically and withbetadine, honey, and therapeutic laser. We will monitor Kaimana’s bloodwork closely as we treat with antibiotics.
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.
06/20/2019 -Kaimana was released on 6/18/2019
06/13/2019 -Kaimana has been cleared for release next week.
06/06/2019 -Kaimana is likely very close for release.
05/30/2019 -Kaimana was tagged this week for eventual release.
05/23/2019 -Kaimana is doing well since being taken off all antibiotics.
05/16/2019 -Kaimana has been taken off all antibiotics.
05/09/2019 -Kaimana's white cell count remains normal.
05/05/2019 -Kaimana's white cell count went back down again to normal.
04/25/2019 -Kaimana's white cell count went back up, so a new treatment regimen was started. This is partially due to the immune system not functioning well.
04/17/2019 -White cell count continues to improve.
04/04/2019 - Kaimana is progressing well and has been moved outside into the outdoor sea turtle hospital.
03/27/2019 - New patient