Sea Turtle Patient - JP

Sea Turtle JP

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Stranding Date
: September 21, 2012
Stranding Location: Juno Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 79.68 lbs.
Current Weight: 77.5 lbs.

Issue: Fisheries Interaction


Admission Note:

JP arrived at our facility late in the evening last Friday. The turtle was accidentally hooked by a fisherman at the Juno Beach Pier who then notified FWC when they realized it was a turtle on their line. Radiographs revealed the turtle had ingested 4 hooks; 2 in the oral cavity, 1 in the stomach, and another farther along in the intestinal tract. Surgery was performed to remove the 2 in the mouth and the one in the stomach. We are monitoring the turtle’s feces in hopes that the last hook will pass on its own. The turtle also has an old healed injury to the right front flipper which resulted in the loss of 2/3 of the flipper. JP is otherwise strong enough to be left in the tank overnight, and will be offered food later this week.

Progress Notes:

2/20/2013 - We are happy to report that after successful rehabilitation at LMC, JP was released today from the beach adjacent to our facility. JP was outfitted with a GPS tag and the turtle's location can be tracked here.

2/14/2013 - JP received its satellite and VHF transmitters on February 11th. The turtle is scheduled for release February 20th at 4:00pm at the beach adjacent to our facility.

2/7/2013 - JP’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 - JP’s bloodwork will be rechecked and the turtle will be receiving tags sometime over the next week.

1/23/2013 - JP is continuing to receive daily iron injections. The turtle’s overall condition is improving and the turtle is nearing release.

1/16/2013 - JP is now receiving a lower dosage of iron injections daily. The turtle’s current condition is likely due to a parasitic infection which is preventing adequate production of red blood cells. The turtle is receiving an antiparasitic treatment and bloodwork will be rechecked next week.

1/9/2013 - JP received a single dose of Procrit which is a medication designed to stimulate red blood cell production. The turtle appears to have responded well to the initial treatment. Bloodwork will be monitored for more significant improvements.

1/3/2013 - JP continues to receive daily iron injections. The turtle’s bloodwork will be re-evaluated this week.

12/27/2012 - JP’s serum iron results were at inadequate levels. The turtle is now receiving iron injections once daily to assist in red blood cell production to treat its anemia. 

12/19/2012 - No change from last week.  Turtle is still receiving treatment for anemia.

12/12/2012 - Recent bloodwork tests revealed that the turtle’s serum iron level as well as its immature red blood cell count has not improved. The turtle’s iron injections will now be done twice daily.

12/6/2012 - The turtle’s anemia has not resolved so it has been started on iron injections every day.

11/28/2012 - Blood was sent to an offsite laboratory to test serum iron levels. Results show that JP’s iron is at an inadequate level. The turtle is now receiving iron injections daily to help increase iron levels and help resolve the anemia.

11/23/2012 - JP continues to remain active and eating well. The turtle remains moderately anemic; however this will likely take some time to resolve.

11/12/2012 - JP’s bloodwork is improving, but the turtle is still anemic. We are continuing to give the turtle iron supplements three times a week.

11/5/2012 - JP has been moved to the live webcam tank and can now be seen on our web site at any time throughout the day. The turtle is active and eating well; actively engaging in its popsicle enrichment food.

10/29/2012 - JP continues to receive iron supplements three times a week and is eating all food that’s offered daily.

10/22/2012 - JP’s bloodwork appears to have improved. The turtle is active and eating all food that’s offered. The primary concern for JP now is its anemia. JP is receiving iron supplements three times a week and we have incorporated more tuna into the diet, which is rich in iron.

10/15/2012 - JP finished its course of antibiotics today and we are sending out bloodwork. The turtle is maintaining a high appetite level and is continuing to improve.

10/8/2012 - The turtle is continuing to receive antibiotics. JP is showing a strong appetite and is continuing to do well.

10/1/2012 - JP is doing well and eating all food that is offered. The turtle passed the final hook on September 30th. The turtle is otherwise doing well and continuing to receive antibiotics.

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