Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: December 25, 2019
Stranding Location: Jupiter Island, FL
Initial Weight: 3.92 lbs.
Current Weight: 3.92 lbs.
Issue: Intestinal Buoyancy Issue
Spice is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating and unable to dive in the Intracoastal Waterway near Jupiter Island. There is a healed injury to the head, probably due to a predator injury, long before arrival to The Sea Turtle Hospital at LMC. Radiographs show a large amount of gas in the intestines that is most likely due to an intestinal infection. Spice will receive antibiotics and be monitored closely as the buoyancy disorder is treated.
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.
01/16/2020 -Spice's white cell count is continuing to come down.
01/09/2020 -Spice's white cell count is coming down.
01/02/2020 - Spice seems to be responding well to treatment and is now able to submerge without difficulty.
12/25/2019 - New Patient