Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: January 26, 2018
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, FL

Initial Weight
: 112.82 lbs.
Current Weight: 123.53 lbs.

Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Current Condition: Released

Teddy was named for Ted Turner, Turner Foundation chairman and lifelong environmental activist, who received the Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award at LMC’s Ninth Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, for accelerating marine, land and species conservation, drawing early attention to climate change and supporting research to shape environmental policy and practice. As a business leader, Turner is best known as founder of Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour cable news channel that transformed the way the world gets its news. Over the past 30 years, Turner has been a bold leader in conservation, environmental education and global philanthropy. Turner also buys land to preserve it, placing him as the second largest individual land holder in North America.


Teddy is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant intake canal. The initial bloodwork showed anemia and overall poor health due to starvation. Hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics, iron, and vitamins. Teddy was also started on once daily parenteral nutrition supplementations. The turtle was put into freshwater to remove epibiota and leeches that covered the turtle’s body. We will continue to monitor bloodwork closely as we treat Teddy.


Sea_turtle_icon(green) This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.


05/24/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy was released on May 23 from Loggerhead Park!

05/18/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy is scheduled for release on Wednesday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. – come cheer Teddy home!

05/16/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy is off all medication and may be close to release.

05/10/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

05/02/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/26/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy’s anemia continues to resolve.

04/20/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/11/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

04/06/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) 

03/29/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy’s bone marrow is now responding well to treatment. The turtle is now being treated for parasites.

03/22/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy has been tagged.

03/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) We are discontinuing all antibiotics and the turtle will be tagged later this week,

03/09/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy’s bone marrow is finally kicking in, and we are seeing an improvement with the percent of red blood cells present in the turtle’s blood

03/01/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy’s white cell count has improved. The bone marrow is not responding as quickly as expected.

02/23/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) Teddy has been doing well while off parenteral nutrition treatments.

02/14/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Parenteral nutrition has been temporarily suspended to determine how the turtle will do without this treatment.

01/26/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Teddy is continuing to receive parenteral nutrition and appropriate treatment.

01/26/2018 – New patient

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