Tut

Species: Green Sea Turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
:August 22, 2015
Stranding Location: Indian River Lagoon, FL

Initial Weight
: 26.26 lbs.
Current Weight: 29.0 lbs.

Issue: Flotation Disorder
Current Condition: Improving

ADMISSION NOTE:

Tut, a juvenile green sea turtle, was found floating in the Indian River Lagoon, unable to submerge. Radiographs (x-rays) show a large amount of air in the intestines and diminished lung space most likely due to an ongoing infection. The carapace is deformed due to an old healed injury. Tut will be on subcutaneous fluids and antibiotics while being monitored closely. Tut is responding well to the intestinal infection. This turtle has been spending more time on the bottom of the tank.

PROGRESS NOTES:

12/17/2015 – Tut was released privately from Loggerhead Park.

11/30/2015 – Tut has been tagged in anticipation of release in the near future

11/9/2015 – Tut’s white count is now almost normal.  Treatment will continue a little while longer, but the turtle is doing very well.

10/26/2015 – Tut was recently moved into one of the deeper and bigger tanks. The turtle remains on an oral antibiotic as the white blood cell count seems to be slowly returning to normal.

10/8/2015 – The flotation issue with Tut has been resolved, but the white count remains somewhat elevated. The turtle is receiving antibiotics.

9/8/2015 – Tut, a juvenile green sea turtle, was found floating in the Indian River Lagoon, unable to submerge. Radiographs (x-rays) show a large amount of air in the intestines and diminished lung space most likely due to an ongoing infection. The carapace is deformed due to an old healed injury. Tut will be on subcutaneous fluids and antibiotics while being monitored closely. Tut is responding well to the intestinal infection. This turtle has been spending more time on the bottom of the tank.

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