Lil’ Buddy

Lil’ Buddy

Species: Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: January 26, 2018
Stranding Location: Ft. Pierce, FL

Initial Weight
: 4.96 Ibs.
Current Weight: 7.40 lbs.

Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Current Condition: Released


Lil’ Buddy is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found in Fort Pierce with a heavy epibiota load on his carapace and soft tissue. Bloodwork shows a high white cell count indicating a systemic infection. We will monitor Lil’ Buddy closely and repeat bloodwork often as we treat with antibiotics. There are wounds on its carapace that will be topically treated daily. 


Sea_turtle_icon(green)This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.


06/20/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Lil’ Buddy was released 6/14 from northern Martin County.

06/13/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Turtle has been approved for release!

06/07/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Turtle is doing very well and may be ready for release soon!

05/30/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Lil’ Buddy’s white cell count is almost normal again.

05/24/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

05/16/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

05/10/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

05/02/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/26/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Lil’ buddy’s white cell count is slowly returning to normal.

04/20/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/11/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Antibiotics were changed due to a rising white cell count.

04/06/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) White count is back down within normal limits.

03/29/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Lil’ Buddy is back on antibiotics due to a slight increase in white cell count.

03/22/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

03/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Due to a rising white cell count, the turtle’s treatment plan has been modified.

03/09/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

03/01/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Lil’ Buddy is doing very well with only tropical treatment and laser therapy. The turtle receive a PIT tag today.

02/23/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

02/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

02/07/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The white cell count is approaching normal limits. Lil’ buddy has a good appetite.

01/26/18 – New patient

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