Rigatoni

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Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: August 8, 2020
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL

Initial Weight
: 76.16 lbs.
Current Weight: 73 lbs.

Issue: Buoyancy Disorder

Rigatoni is a subadult green sea turtle patient that was found floating offshore of Fort Pierce. The turtle has a caudal carapace trauma from an unknown origin. Radiographs also revealed a large amount of gas and feces in the turtle’s intestines. Rigatoni will receive fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff as the buoyancy disorder is treated.

PROGRESS KEY:

Sea_turtle_icon(green) Good Condition
Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Fair Condition
Sea_turtle_icon(red)Poor Condition

The turtle requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Minor adjustments have been made to the turtle's treatment.
Sea_turtle_icon(red)The turtle is off all medications.

PROGRESS NOTES:

04/09/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Rigatoni was released on April 8th, 2021 from Jensen Beach. View video from release here >

04/02/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Rigatoni’s has made excellent progress and the turtle’s buoyancy disorder has nearly completely resolved with therapy. Rigatoni had a minor debridement of its caudal carapacial wounds this month, but is otherwise progressing very well. Rigatoni’s prognosis is excellent.

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03/04/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Rigatoni’s has made excellent progress and the turtle’s buoyancy disorder has nearly completely resolved with therapy. Rigatoni was taken to JMC for CT evaluation this month and the study revealed normal gastrointestinal structures with no abnormal gas. Rigatoni’s prognosis is excellent.

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02/01/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rigatoni’s has made excellent progress over the past month and the turtle’s buoyancy disorder continues to resolve. Rigatoni had a debridement performed on the caudal carapace to remove diseased tissue and that wound is healing well. Rigatoni’s progress remains good. 

02/14/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Our veterinarians use advanced imaging like CT to help guide therapy. Rigatoni was taken to our partners at Jupiter Medical Center for a CT scan. Due to our partnership, we are able to learn more about our patients’ health. A special thank you to JMC for their collaboration in helping with the health of our sea turtle patients.

02/04/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rigatoni’s has made excellent progress over the past month and the turtle’s buoyancy disorder
continues to resolve. Rigatoni had a debridement performed on the caudal carapace to remove diseased tissue and that wound is healing well. Rigatoni’s progress remains good.

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01/01/2021 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rigatoni’s external weight was removed this past month, and the turtle is responding very well to the adjustment. Overall, Rigatoni is making very steady progress and our treatment plan has been adjusted to reflect this. Rigatoni’s progress remains good.

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12/01/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rigatoni is making good progress with its external weight, and is responding well to treatment. We will continue to monitor the turtle’s caudal buoyancy and plan future therapy accordingly, but we are pleased with the turtle’s progress. Rigatoni’s progress remains good.

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11/01/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rigatoni is making good progress with its external weight, and is responding well to treatment. We will continue to monitor the turtle’s caudal buoyancy and plan future therapy accordingly. Rigatoni’s progress remains good.

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10/01/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)- Rigatoni is making good progress with its external weight, and is responding well to treatment. We will continue to monitor the turtle’s caudal buoyancy and plan future therapy accordingly. Rigatoni’s progress remains good.

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09/04/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rigatoni has been fitted with several different sized weights this month as part of the process of evaluating the ideal weight to address its caudal buoyancy. The turtle’s bloodwork is normal at the moment after some minor modifications to its treatment protocol.

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08/20/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)- A weight has been applied to Rigatoni’s caudal carapace to improve his diving and surfacing behavior. He is otherwise responding well to treatment

08/13/2020 - New Patient