Species: Green sea turtle
Arrival Date: January 5, 2018
Stranding Location: Tequesta, FL
Initial Weight: 5.8 lbs.
Current Weight: 5.8 lbs.
Issue: Boat Strike
Current Condition: Improving
Blade is a small juvenile green sea turtle. It was found by a boater near a marina in Tequesta. The turtle has major damage to the carapace and minor damage to the head from a boat propeller. The turtle is currently on V.A.C. therapy and has been dry docked during treatment. Antibiotics and fluids have also been administered.
This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.
There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.
More details to follow.
04/11/2018 – The wound is healing very well.
03/29/2018 – Blade’s white count remains within normal limits since being taken off antibiotics.
03/22/2018 – Blade has been taken off all antibiotics.
03/14/2018 – Blade was PIT tagged this week.
03/09/2018 – Blade’s white cell count is within normal limits.
03/01/2018 – Blade is eating well. The turtle’s white cell count has decreased significantly in the last week. We are hopeful that this trend continues.
02/23/2018 – Blade is now off V.A.C therapy and is in an outside tank full-time.
02/14/2018 – Blade is now eating well and may be removed from the V.A.C. therapy in the next week.
02/07/2018 – Blade is still not eating well.
01/31/2018 – Blade is continuing on V.A.C. therapy and is being placed in shallow water once daily to offer food. The turtle has finally started eating occasionally.
01/25/2018 – Blade continues on VAC therapy with no significant change.
01/17/2018 – Blade continues on VAC therapy and is dry-docked most of the time, except when it is taken out once a day and placed in the water to eat.
01/10/17 – New patient