Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: July 24, 2020
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 71.5 lbs.
Current Weight: lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitation
Terra is a subadult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The patient’s bloodwork on arrival indicates anemia and hypoglycemia. Terra has a wound from an unknown cause to its left caudal carapace, and is underweight and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. Upon arrival, the turtle was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered its body. Terra’s wound will be treated topically with betadine, honey, and therapeutic laser, and the turtle will be monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork. This turtle was originally tagged, and released by biologists from FPL’s St. Lucie site on August 23, 2019, and has since been re-encountered three additional times.
The turtle requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the turtle's treatment.
The turtle is off all medications.
09/04/2020 -Terra’s packed cell volume is near normal, and the turtle has been off of all medications for one week. It continues to make excellent progress.
08/13/2020 -Terra's packed cell volume is now up to 19% and the turtle continues to make good progress.
08/06/2020 -Terra's packed cell volume is now up to 16% and the turtle is making steady progress.
07/30/2020 - New Patient