Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: February 14, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 153.67 lbs.
Current Weight: 153.7 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Current Condition: New patient
Valentina is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The patient's bloodwork on arrival indicated anemia and hypoglycemia. Valentina is underweight, lethargic and is in poor health due to chronic debilitation. The turtle also is missing its left front flipper due to an unknown trauma. The wound will be treated topically with honey and therapeutic laser. Valentina is receiving parenteral nutrition, antibiotics and iron to treat its chronic debilitation. Hospital staff will closely monitor the turtle with routine bloodwork as its being treated.
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.
03/20/2019 -Valentina is now gaining weight and is responding well to treatment.
03/13/2019 - Valentina's pressure bandage has been removed and no further bleeding has been observed. The turtle's bone marrow is responding well and the anemia is resolving quickly.
03/06/2019 - Valentina's anemia is resolving and the turtle has been given deeper water.
02/27/2019 - Valentina is improving to the point that we may have to discontinue the parenteral nutrition.
02/14/2019 - New patient