Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: May 30, 2020
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 101.95 lbs.
Current Weight: 101.95 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.
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.
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