Species: Green sea turtle
Arrival Date: July 12, 2018
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Initial Weight: 14.88 Ibs.
Shellton is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating in the Indian River Lagoon in Ft. Pierce. Radiographs revealed a large amount of gas throughout the intestines which is causing the turtle to float. We will monitor the buoyancy disorder and overall health of the turtle with weekly bloodwork and follow-up radiographs.
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.
07/16/19 – We are sadden to announce that Shellton’s injuries were severe and the turtle succumbed to it’s injuries. The neocropsy revealed that the colon was completely detached internally from the cloaca, a condition for which there is not treatment, and there was severe infection in the coelom.
07/12/18 – New patient