Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: April 2, 2019
Stranding Location: Hobe Sound, FL

Initial Weight
: 1 lbs.
Current Weight: 2.99 lbs.

Issue: Washback

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.



Sea_turtle_icon(green) This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.


01/16/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey has been taken off all medication.

01/09/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's medication was reduced to only one drug.

01/02/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's medication was reduced again today.

12/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count is remaining normal as we gradually reduce the medication.

12/19/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count is normal and radiographs of the lungs this week look good, so we have begun reducing the medication.

12/12/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count has remained normal since the nebulization has been discontinued.

12/05/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey had new radiographs of its lungs and the lungs are looking much better. The nebulization has been discontinued.

11/27/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count is remaining normal.

11/21/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Zubey's white cell count is back down to normal. Radiographs reveal that the lungs are almost completely healed.

11/14/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count went back up slightly so we will continue to monitor it closely.

11/07/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Zubey's white cell count is now normal.

10/31/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Zubey's white cell count is coming back down.

10/24/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Zubey's white cell count has gone back up somewhat.

10/03/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Zubey's white cell count is normal for the first time in a while.

10/10/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Zubey's white cell count seems to finally be coming down near normal values.

10/03/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Zubey is showing very little improvement, so we continue to monitor closely.

09/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Zubey's lung lesions are causing the turtle problems. We have started the turtle on two new antibiotics and on nebulization.

09/12/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white blood cell count is coming down at this time.

08/23/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white blood cell count went back up slightly.

08/16/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white blood cell count has come down even more.

08/09/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white blood cell count is coming down slowly.

08/05/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s blood culture results were inconclusive, so the turtle has been started on a new treatment regimen.

07/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)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 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey has been placed in deeper water and is having no problem swimming to the bottom.

07/11/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)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 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white cell count went back up, so the meds have been changed.

06/27/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white cell count is now normal.

06/20/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white cell count has stabilized.

06/13/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white cell count is up once again, so the treatment has been modified.

06/06/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white cell count is almost back down to normal.

05/30/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white cell count is coming down again with the new treatment.

05/23/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey’s white cell count went back up, so its treatment regimen has been modified.

05/16/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cel count is now normal.

05/09/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count is coming back down.

05/05/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count went back up, so treatment was changed.

04/25/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Zubey's white cell count is now down to normal for the first time since arrival.

04/17/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)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 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)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