Sea Turtle Patient - Pederson
Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Arrival Date: September 21, 2013
Stranding Location: Juno Beach Fishing Pier, Juno Beach, Florida
Initial Weight: 75.93 lbs.
Current Weight: 84.75 lbs.
Issue: Fisheries Interaction
Current Condition: Improving
Pederson is a sub-adult Loggerhead that was hooked by a fisherman at the Juno Beach Pier. The turtle arrived covered in barnacles, algae, and leeches. Two fishing hooks were removed from the turtles esophagus/stomach. The turtle will spend the first day or two in fresh water to eliminate the salt water parasites that were found upon arrival.
12/9/2013 - Atwell is doing well and continuing on medications until all issues are resolved.
11/25/2013 - No changes have occurred with Pederson. This animal is eating well and continuing to get stronger each week.
11/18/2013 - Pederson has not had any changes made to the current treatment plan. This animal is eating very well and is improving greatly each week.
11/11/2013 - Pederson received a second and final deworming treatment to help reduce or elimination the intestinal parasite (nematode) load. An additional antiparasitic will be given in one week to rid the turtle of another commonly overabundant intestinal parasite (blood flukes).
11/4/2013 - Pederson is doing well on the current treatment plan.
10/28/2013 - Pederson is continuing to eat well. This animal will stay on the same treatment plan.
10/21/2013 - No changes have been seen in Pederson’s behavior or appetite. This animal will continue to be monitored.
10/14/2013 - Pederson is eating very well. This turtle is gaining weight each week and continues to improve.
10/7/2013 - Pederson was only fed squid with beaks and pens removed as well as shrimp without shells for the first week. This was done to allow the hook wounds in the esophagus to heal. Pederson was eating very well during that time. Shrimp shells were reintroduced into the diet in the last few days, and no complications have been seen.
9/30/2013 - The turtle began developing Chronic Loggerhead Syndrome prior to its capture but fortunately made it to LMC before the illness progressed. Bloodwork indicated the turtle is moderately anemic. Pederson is swimming, eating well, and will receive antibiotic and iron injections as prescribed.