Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: July 10, 2020
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 85.49 lbs.
Current Weight: lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitation
Suzanne is a subadult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site with a heavy epibiota load on its carapace, plastron, and soft tissue. The turtle is slightly underweight, and bloodwork shows early signs of chronic debilitation. Upon arrival, the turtle was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered its body. Suzanne will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork as it's being treated. This turtle was originally tagged, and released by biologists from FPL’s St. Lucie site on September 19, 2019.
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.
07/23/2020 -Suzanne's white blood cell count has increased so a new treatment protocol has been established.
07/16/2020 - New Patient