Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta, caretta)
Arrival Date: August 22, 2020
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 96.14 lbs.
Current Weight: lbs.
Issue: Fishing Line Entanglement
Margaret Ingels is a sub-adult loggerhead patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site with monofilament fishing line entangled on all four flippers and around it’s neck. The fishing line also extended into the turtle’s mouth and continued down the esophagus. Staff will keep a close watch for the ingested monofilament to pass. Margaret Ingels is receiving antibiotics, topical treatments, and laser therapy and will be monitored closely by hospital staff as it’s wounds heal. This turtle was originally observed healthy at FPL’s St. Lucie site on November 12, 2016, and so had been tagged and immediately released by biologists.
Our sea turtle is named after Margaret Ingels, an engineer who paved the way for Carrier’s global female workforce. She was one of the first women in the United States to receive a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and became the first female engineer at Carrier in 1917. Carrier, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. The company is committed to supporting their neighbors in Palm Beach County and contributing to a more sustainable, protected environment.
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.
12/10/2020 -Margaret Ingels was released on December 8!
12/01/2020 -Margaret Ingels’ entanglement wounds are nearly completely healed, and the turtle is making excellent overall progress. We are preparing to medically clear Margaret for release in the near future provided its clinical course remains stable. Margaret Ingels’ prognosis remains excellent.
11/01/2020 -Margaret Ingels’ entanglement wounds are being treated with topical medications, therapeutic laser and aquapuncture. The need for surgical debridements has decreased as the turtle’s ligature wounds have improved. Margaret Ingels is otherwise very healthy, does not require systemic treatment, and its prognosis remains excellent.
10/01/2020 -- Margaret Ingels’ entanglement wounds are being treated aggressively with regular surgical debridements, topical medications, therapeutic laser and aquapuncture. The turtle is otherwise very healthy but requires antibiotic therapy. Its wounds are progressing very nicely and Margaret Ingels’ prognosis remains excellent.
09/04/2020 - Margaret Ingels’ entanglement wounds are being treated aggressively with regular surgical debridements, topical medications, therapeutic laser and aquapuncture. The turtle is otherwise very healthy but requires antibiotic therapy. Its wounds are progressing as expected.
08/27/2020 - New Patient