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Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: August 27, 2018
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, Florida

Initial Weight
: 185.9 lbs.
Current Weight: 185.9 lbs.

Issue: Boat Strike
Current Condition: Improving



Marge is an adult female loggerhead patient that was found in the St. Lucie River. She has boat strike wounds on the front part of the carapace and on the top of her head. The wounds involve bone, muscle and soft tissue. Surgical debridement was necessary to remove debris and allow the wounds to heal. Honey will be used to prevent further infection. Laser therapy will be used to speed healing. Over 90% of boat strikes in the past year were fatal. Marge has a long recovery ahead.


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.


12/12/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge's appetite continues to be variable.

12/05/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge's appetite has been variable over the last week.

11/28/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) CT scan and neurologic exam revealed that Marge has damage to the seventh Cranial Nerve and has resulting facial nerve paralysis. Turtle is being observed to determine if it will heal on its own

11/14/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)  Dr. Colitz examined Marge's eyes and found nothing wrong with them. there does appear to be some nerve damage to the nerves controlling the eye muscles. Marge is going for a CT scan.

11/07/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Veterinary ophthalmologist is set to examine Marge on Saturday.

10/24/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)  We are planning to have veterinary ophthalmologist examine Marge's eye in a week or so.

10/17/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)  A procedure has been done for the area with the deepest hole in the carapace and it seems to be healing.

10/10/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)  Marge continues to improve slowly.

10/04/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge is showing very slow improvement. Parenteral nutrition has been discontinued.

09/26/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge is showing more interest in food and is now opening both eyes to retrieve food from the tank bottom.

09/19/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)  Marge is showing some interest in squid, but is not eating much. Antibiotics have been changed and a surgical debridement was performed today.

09/13/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge is showing a few signs of slight improvement and is in somewhat deeper water, allowing the turtle to swim around more.

09/05/2018 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge is still not eating consistently, so the turtle was started on parenteral nutrition. The turtle is slightly stronger and is moving around the tank more than before.

08/27/2018 - New patient