nacho (1)


Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: November 26, 2019
Stranding Location: Jupiter, FL

Initial Weight
: 9.9 lbs.
Current Weight: 9.5 lbs.

Issue: Buoyancy issue, Infection

Nacho is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway. After contacting our stranding hotline, boaters were able to capture the turtle and take it to land where LMC hospital staff picked it up. The turtle has old healed wounds from an unknown cause on the carapace. Upon arrival to the hospital, bloodwork and radiographs were performed. Radiographs showed a large amount of gas in the intestines, causing the buoyancy issue. Bloodwork showed signs of an infection. Nacho will be monitored closely as the intestinal infection is treated with antibiotics.


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.


01/16/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Nacho's white cell count is coming back down.

01/09/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Nacho's white cell count went up immediately as soon as we reduced the antibiotics, so a new antibiotic has been started.

01/02/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Nacho's white cell count is remaining normal, and the unusual cells are gone, so we have begun to reduce the medication.

12/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Nacho’s white cell count is remaining normal, but the unusual cells are still present.

12/19/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Nacho's white cell count is normal, but has had a shift in some cells that we are observing.

12/12/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Nacho's white cell count is down to normal.

12/05/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Nacho has gotten rid of the intestinal gas and is now able to rest on the bottom of the tank. Appetite is good.

11/26/2019 - New Patient