Species: Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Arrival Date: November 21, 2018
Stranding Location: Cape Cod, MA
Initial Weight: 5.90 lbs.
Current Weight: 5.90 lbs.
Issue: Cold stunned
Current Condition: New patient
Shelly is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that arrived cold-stunned from the Cape Cod area, along with 19 others. Sea turtles are cold-blooded and rely on the environment to control their body temperatures. The cold waters in Cape Cod Bay disturb the metabolism of the turtles, causing them to be cold-stunned and have trouble moving. These turtles are often found floating on the water’s surface, leaving them exposed and vulnerable. This patient was flown down to LMC from the New England Aquarium for long-term treatment with the support of Turtles Fly Too. We are also grateful for Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries Service, and FWC for their parts in helping these cold-stunned sea turtles. The turtles are receiving antibiotics and fluids.
Shelly was named in honor of Lilly Pulitzer.
Beach Bash Palm Beach on Dec. 29, presented by Lilly Pulitzer is the social highlight of the season! More than 700 guests will descend upon The Beach Club on the island which made Lilly Pulitzer an iconic resort-wear brand. Decked in their brightest Lilly, guests will enjoy fabulous fashion, colorful cocktails, delectable bites, and pulse-quickening entertainment while mixing with young philanthropic leaders from around the globe. Proceeds benefit Palm Beach’s ocean and sea turtle conservation hub, Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Saving sea turtles never looked so good!
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.
01/17/2019 - Shelly has been taken off all medications.
01/03/2019 - White cell count is normal for the first time.
12/26/2018 - Shelly's white blood cell count is almost down to normal on the current treatment.
11/21/2018 - Arrived