Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: April 2, 2019
Stranding Location: Hobe Sound, FL
Initial Weight: 1 lbs.
Current Weight: 2.02 lbs.
Zubey is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found washed ashore in the sargassum on Hobe Sound Beach. The turtle arrived lethargic and is considered a washback. A washback is a sea turtle in the pelagic stage that lives offshore in the floating sargassum seaweed, and has been blown back onto the beach, usually by strong winds or a storm. These can include hatchlings, post-hatchlings and juveniles. The turtle will be released by boat 5-15 miles offshore in the floatin gsargassum matts once rehabilitation is complete.
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.
10/03/2019 -Zubey's white cell count is normal for the first time in a while.
10/10/2019 -Zubey's white cell count seems to finally be coming down near normal values.
10/03/2019 -Zubey is showing very little improvement, so we continue to monitor closely.
09/26/2019 -Zubey's lung lesions are causing the turtle problems. We have started the turtle on two new antibiotics and on nebulization.
09/12/2019 -Zubey’s white blood cell count is coming down at this time.
08/23/2019 -Zubey's white blood cell count went back up slightly.
08/16/2019 -Zubey’s white blood cell count has come down even more.
08/09/2019 -Zubey’s white blood cell count is coming down slowly.
08/05/2019 -Zubey’s blood culture results were inconclusive, so the turtle has been started on a new treatment regimen.
07/26/2019 -Zubey is swimming normally now, but the white count is going up, so a blood culture was taken this week. Awaiting results.
07/18/2019 -Zubey has been placed in deeper water and is having no problem swimming to the bottom.
07/11/2019 -Zubey underwent some unusual treatments and is now using its front flippers to swim. It was taken off antibiotics to monitor the immune system more closely.
07/04/2019 -Zubey’s white cell count went back up, so the meds have been changed.
06/27/2019 -Zubey’s white cell count is now normal.
06/20/2019 -Zubey’s white cell count has stabilized.
06/13/2019 -Zubey’s white cell count is up once again, so the treatment has been modified.
06/06/2019 -Zubey’s white cell count is almost back down to normal.
05/30/2019 -Zubey’s white cell count is coming down again with the new treatment.
05/23/2019 -Zubey’s white cell count went back up, so its treatment regimen has been modified.
05/16/2019 -Zubey's white cel count is now normal.
05/09/2019 -Zubey's white cell count is coming back down.
05/05/2019 -Zubey's white cell count went back up, so treatment was changed.
04/25/2019 -Zubey's white cell count is now down to normal for the first time since arrival.
04/17/2019 -With the new treatment, Zubey is diving to the bottom, eating off the bottom, and is using the front flippers much more.
04/11/2019 -Zubey is gaining weight rapidly. Radiographs this week revealed some inflammation in both from flippers, so new treatment was initiated to get the turtle to use its flippers more.
04/04/2019 - New patient