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Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: December 3, 2020
Stranding Location: Palm Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 8.45 lbs.
Current Weight: lbs.

Issue: Buoyancy Disorder, Neurological Disorder

Ralphie is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found stranded in a tide pool near the Palm Beach Inlet. The turtle arrived with a buoyancy disorder, and radiographs also revealed a mild impaction in the turtle’s intestines. Ralphie will receive fluids and be closely monitored by hospital staff as the buoyancy disorder is treated.


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.


01/28/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Ralphie deteriorated quickly and succumbed to it's injuries.

01/21/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)

01/14/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)

01/01/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Ralphie’s condition has deteriorated over the past two weeks, and the turtle’s treatment plan has been changed to reflect this. We are attempting a novel therapy to address Ralphie’s underlying condition. The turtle’s prognosis remains poor.

12/31/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)

12/24/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)

12/17/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Ralphie is having a CT evaluation this week at Jupiter Medical Center and an EMG Performed at LMC.

12/10/2020 - New Patient