Little T

Little T



Species: Caretta caretta (Loggerhead Sea Turtle)

Arrival Date
: March 23, 2021
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL

Initial Weight
: 180.14 lbs.
Current Weight: 235.84 lbs.

Issue: Chronic Debilitation

Little T is an adult male loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found floating offshore of Fort Pierce. The turtle is underweight and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. Little T will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork as he receives treatment.


Sea_turtle_icon(green) Good Condition
Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Fair Condition
Sea_turtle_icon(red)Poor Condition

Patient requires continued treatment but is progressing well.

Minor adjustments have been made to the patient's treatment.

Patient is off all medications.


01/19/2022 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Little T was released from Loggerhead Park on January 19. View video here >

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01/10/2022 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Sea_turtle_icon(red)Little T’s coordination issues have resolved, and the turtle has gained a good amount of weight. He will be released in the near future.

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12/06/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Little T’s topical treatments on his left eye have been discontinued, as they do not appear to be improving his eye. The turtle is most likely nonvisual in that eye, but we do not attribute this to his coordination issues. After the last dose of antiparasitic was administered, the turtle’s coordination improved and he has started eating better on his own again. We are using food enrichment, like live blue crabs, to better assess his ability to capture live prey. We plan on administering another dose of the antiparasitic in the near future.

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11/08/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Little T was examined by a veterinary ophthamologist, Dr. Carmen Colitz, this past week to evaluate his diminished vision in his left eye. Topical treatments were started on the eye, but the turtle may be experiencing some underlying neurological issues as well. His progression will be monitored.

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10/04/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Little T continues to make good progress. He is behaving normally and is gaining weight but requires therapy in improve his appetite and to treat his anemia. He has developed diminished vision in one eye and is being treated for this condition. Little T’s prognosis is excellent.

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09/20/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

09/13/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

09/06/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Sea_turtle_icon(red)Little T continues to make excellent progress. He is behaving normally and is gaining weight but requires therapy in improve his appetite and to treat his anemia. Little T’s prognosis is excellent.

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08/09/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Sea_turtle_icon(red)Little T continues to make excellent progress. He is behaving normally and is slowly gaining weight but require therapy in improve his appetite. Little T’s prognosis is excellent.

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07/02/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Little T has made excellent progress compared to last month. His total parenteral nutrition has been discontinued and his pneumonia is nearly resolved. Little T continues to gain weight, is active and his progress is excellent.

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06/04/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Little T's progress deteriorated slightly this past month, and his therapeutic plan has been modified to reflect this. He is currently being treated with daily TPN and nebulizations in addition to other therapy. Little T’s prognosis is guarded.

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05/07/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Little T is making steady progress. His appetite has returned and he is gaining weight. Little T has become more active, is able to rest comfortably on the bottom, and continues to be treated for a condition in his left eye in addition to chronic debilitation. Little T’s prognosis is good.

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04/02/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Little T is an adult male loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found floating offshore of Fort Pierce. The turtle is underweight and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. Little T will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork as he receives treatment.

03/25/2021 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)New Patient