Species: Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Arrival Date: November 21, 2018
Stranding Location: Cape Cod, MA
Initial Weight: 2.16 lbs.
Current Weight: 2.99 lbs.
Issue: Cold stunned
Namath is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that arrived cold-stunned from the Cape Cod area, along with 19 others. Sea turtles are cold-blooded and rely on the environment to control their body temperatures. The cold waters in Cape Cod Bay disturb the metabolism of the turtles, causing them to be cold-stunned and have trouble moving. These turtles are often found floating on the water’s surface, leaving them exposed and vulnerable. This patient was flown down to LMC from the New England Aquarium for long-term treatment with the support of Turtles Fly Too. We are also grateful for Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries Service, and FWC for their parts in helping these cold-stunned sea turtles. The turtles are receiving antibiotics and fluids.
This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.
There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.
More details to follow.
04/17/2019 -Namath was released from Canaveral National Seashore.
04/04/2019 - Namath has been taken off all medications.
03/27/2019 - Namath's white count is now down to normal.
03/20/2019 - Namath's white count has leveled off with the new medication.
03/13/2019 - Namath's white count went up again, so treatment has been changed.
02/27/2019 -Namath's white cell count is now normal
02/20/2019 - New antibiotics have the white count approaching normal.
02/13/2019 - Namath's white count went back up and had to be restarted on antibiotics.
02/04/2019 - Namath has been taken off all medications.
01/25/2019 - Namath's white cell count is back down to normal.
01/17/2019 - Namath's white cell count is coming back down since antibiotics have been changed.
01/10/2019 - Namanth's white cell count went back up, so antibiotics have been changed.
01/03/2019 - Namath's white cell count is approaching normal.
12/26/2018 - Namath's white blood cell count was rising, so the antibiotic treatment has been changed.
11/21/2018 - Arrived