Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: December 23, 2016
Stranding Location: Blowing Rocks Preserve
Initial Weight: 31.3 lbs.
Current Weight: 34.94 lbs.
Issue: Shark bite
Current Condition: Improving
Scallywag is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found floating in the surf at Blowing Rocks Beach. The turtle was bitten multiple times by a large shark. The front left flipper was removed by the shark. Bite wounds penetrate into the coelomic cavity, exposing the lungs. The turtle has been dry docked and started on V.A.C. wound therapy.
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.
12/26/2018 - Scallywag was released privately in Jupiter, FL!
12/26/2018 - All of Scallywag's antibiotics have been discontinued. We are hoping the release can happen soon.
12/19/2018 - Scallywag's white cell count is within normal limits, we we have begun to discontinue antibiotics.
11/28/2018 - The turtle's white blood cell count seems to be remaining lower in the last month
09/26/2018 - Scallywag's white count continues to vary between normal and elevated levels.
08/29/2018 - Scallywag's white cell count is still variable
07/29/2018 - Scallywag's white cell count is slowly decreasing at this time.
06/27/2018 - Scallywag's white cell count is being monitored closely and treatment was recently changed to a different antibiotic.
06/07/2018 - The turtle has been started on a new antibiotic regimen.
05/30/2018 - Scallywag continues to run an elevated white cell count.
04/26/2018 - Radiographs are being done this week to determine if there might be an internal abscess that is causing white cell counts to remain elevated.
04/11/2018 - Scallywag was started on a new antibiotic.
03/29/2018 - Scallywag\'s white cell count seems to slowly be returning to normal.
03/01/2018 - Due to a persistent white cell count elevation, a new treatment regimen has been initiated.
01/31/2018 - Scallywag has been put back on antibiotics due to elevated white cell count.
01/25/2018 - Scallywag's white cell count had started increasing, but a new antibiotic treatment is already bringing it down.
01/10/2018 - Due to an increasing white cell count, the treatment plan has been modified.
12/27/2017 - Scallywag is doing well off antibiotics and has been moved to a larger tank.
12/20/2017 - Scallywag was taken off all antibiotics.
11/29/2017 - The bloodwork has not reached normal values and the turtle remains on one antibiotic.
11/01/2017 - Turtle was tagged last week.
10/25/2017 - Scallywag's bloodwork is approaching normal. Medications have been reduced to one antibiotic. The turtle will be tagged later this week.