Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: September 11, 2020
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Initial Weight: 6.12 lbs.
Current Weight: lbs.
Issue: Unintentional Boat Strike, Buoyancy Issue
Zulu is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating in Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. The turtle has trauma to its cranial carapace from an unintentional boat strike that will be treated topically with betadine, honey, and therapeutic laser. Radiographs also revealed a large amount of gas in the turtle’s intestines. Zulu will receive fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff as its wounds and the buoyancy disorder are treated.
The turtle requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the turtle's treatment.
The turtle is off all medications.
10/01/2020 -- Zulu has made excellent progress over the past month, is swimming, diving, surfacing and resting normally. Zulu’s appetite and behavior have also improved and the turtle continues treatment for its spinal cord trauma. Zulu’s prognosis is good.
09/11/2020 - New Patient