Sea Turtle Patient - Boomer

Sea Turtle Boomer

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: December 7, 2012
Stranding Location: Namskaket Beach, MA

Initial Weight
: 41.65 lbs.
Current Weight: 46.95 lbs.

Issue: Cold-stunned

Admission Note:

Boomer is a juvenile Loggerhead sea turtle that stranded in the Cape Cod area cold-stunned. The turtle was suffering from hypothermia and was transferred to LMC to receive long-term treatment as facilities in the New England area were over-capacity with other cold-stunned sea turtles. Boomer will receive antibiotics and anti-fungal medication to help support the turtle’s suppressed immune system and a nutritious diet until healthy enough to be released in the spring.

Progress Notes:

2/20/2013 - We are happy to report that after successful rehabilitation at LMC, Boomer was released today from the beach adjacent to our facility.

2/14/2013 - Boomer is scheduled for release February 20th at 4:00pm at the beach adjacent to our facility.

2/7/2013 - Boomer’s bloodwork has been reviewed and the turtle has been medically cleared for release. The release date will be decided over the next few days dependent upon weather and surf conditions.

1/30/2013 - The turtle remains off of medication and bloodwork will be evaluated next week.

1/23/2013 - Bloodwork will be rechecked next week to determine the turtle’s eligibility for release.

1/16/2013 - Boomer is no longer receiving any treatments. The turtle’s bloodwork will be rechecked next week to determine its eligibility for release.

1/9/2013 - No change from last week. Turtle is active and gaining weight.

1/3/2013 - Boomer continues to receive antibiotic and antifungal treatment.

12/27/2012 - The turtle’s appetite has improved and it is no longer receiving the Vitamin B injections. Boomer began a new antiobiotic and the turtle has responded well. 

12/19/2012 - Boomer is receiving Vitamin B injections to help stimulate its appetite. This animal is also continuing to receive antibiotic and antifungal treatments.  The turtle’s appetite is intermittent.

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