Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: May 30, 2020
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 101.95 lbs.
Current Weight: 99 lbs.
Issue: Chronic debilitation
Tomatillo 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. Tomatillo also has healing shark bite wounds to its head, neck, and cranial plastron. Upon arrival, the turtle was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered its body. Tomatillo’s wounds will be treated topically with betadine, and the turtle will be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine bloodwork.
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.
09/17/2020 -- Tomatillo was released from Loggerhead Park!
09/04/2020 -Tomatillo’s bloodwork is normal and the turtle has been off of medications for one week. The turtle is progressing as expected.
08/13/2020 -Tomatillo's white cell count has normalized and the turtle is responding well to treatment.
08/06/2020 -Tomatillo's white cell count has increased slightly and a new medication has been added to the treatment.
07/30/2020 -Tomatillo's white cell count has increased slightly and the turtle is being monitored closely.
07/23/2020 -Tomatillo's white cell count has normalized.
07/16/2020 -Tomatillo's white cell count has gone up, so a new treatment regimen was initiated.
07/09/2020 -Tomatillo’s packed cell volume is now 27% and the turtle is progressing as expected.
07/02/2020 -Tomatillo’s packed cell volume is now 26% and the turtle is progressing well.
06/26/2020 -Tomatillo’s white cell count has normalized and the turtle is responding well to treatment.
06/19/2020 -Tomatillo’s white cell count is decreasing and the turtle is responding well to treatment.
06/11/2020 -Tomatillo seems to be responding well to treatment.
06/05/2020 - New Patient