IMG_1602 (2)


Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

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

Initial Weight
: 76.16 lbs.
Current Weight: 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.


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.


09/17/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

09/10/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

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.

08/27/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

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