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.
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.
09/19/2017 - Scallywag was rather active on the transport to Atlanta, but adjusted well while at the aquarium. Sedation was given to Scallywag for the transport back to LMC to keep the turtle calm and prevent any flipper damage. Scallywag has been doing well with the transition back to LMC.
09/17/2017 - Our patients have returned home! We are so thankful for the Georgia Aquarium for taking in our patients during this storm.
09/07/2017 - All of our sea turtle patients have evacuated to the Georgia Aquarium due to Hurricane Irma. They will remain there with a member of our staff until it is safe to return. For all of our preparation for Hurricane Irma visit HERE.
08/02/2017 - A new antibiotic has been added to the treatment plan due to an increase in white cell count.
07/05/2017 - Since switching antibiotics, the white cell count has declined.
06/08/2017 - The white blood cell count is approaching normal. The turtle is doing well otherwise.
05/17/2017 - The white cell count has increased, so the treatment regimen has been changed.
05/03/2017 - The white blood cell count has been variable. The treatment plan has been modified accordingly.
04/06/2017 - The white blood cell count has improved since the treatment plan was changed. These medications will be continued.
03/30/2017 - Scallywag’s white blood cell count has increased. The treatment plan has been changed accordingly.
03/22/2017 - The turtle is doing very well in the water and eating everything offered.
03/15/2017 - The VAC therapy has been discontinued. The turtle will be placed back in the water in the next few days.
03/08/2017 - The carapace wound was debrided last week and it was decided to re-apply VAC therapy. The turtle has been dry-docked for the past week but is doing well.
02/08/2017 - Scallywag has been moved to the water full-time and has been doing well with eating and healing.
01/25/2017 - The V.A.C. bandage will be removed today. The turtle will remain dry docked for another few days to monitor progress.
01/12/2017 - The V.A.C. wound therapy seems to be working well. We have now begun to place the turtle in the water once daily for exercise and to eat. Scallywag has been eating well.
01/04/2017 - 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.