K. Sea

K. Sea

Species: Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: July 11, 2016
Stranding Location: North Palm Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 4.8 lbs.
Current Weight: 6.30 lbs.

Issue: Neuological
Current Condition: Released

ADMISSION NOTE:

K. Sea was found beached on a sandbar. Upon arrival the turtle was lethargic and emaciated. Radiographs and bloodwork revealed an infection within the lungs. K. Sea is being nebulized with an antibiotic to which the infection is susceptible. The turtle is also having trouble eating as it is unable to open its mouth. Radiographs show no breaks in the bones or apparent reasons for the turtle to not open its mouth, so this is likely due to a neurological problem.  We are administering Parenteral Nutrition (PN) intravenously twice a day.

PROGRESS KEY:

Sea_turtle_icon(green) This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.

PROGRESS NOTES:

02/08/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)K. Sea was released at Coral Cove Park on February 2nd.

01/25/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)K.Sea is continuing to do well.

01/12/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

01/04/2017 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/29/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/21/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/14/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/09/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) K. Sea is doing well off antibiotics.

11/30/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

11/23/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)K.Sea receive a PIT tag and was taken off all antibiotics.

11/17/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

11/10/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)K. Sea’s white cell count is within normal limits. The turtle is only receiving one antibiotic. The turtle will be tagged next week.

11/02/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

10/26/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

10/20/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

10/14/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) K. Sea has continued showing dramatic improvement. The turtle is eating well, but is continuing on antibiotics.

9/29/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

9/22/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

9/14/2016 Sea_turtle_icon(green)K. Sea is eating very well and gaining weight.

9/07/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)K. Sea is now eating fish on its own.

9/01/2016 Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)K. Sea has shown dramatic improvement. The parenteral nutrition has been discontinued. We are currently doing physical therapy on the jaw and the turtle has recently begun to eat on its own. A spinal tap was done. The results were negative, indicating there was no infection in the brain.

8/25/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Spinal tap results were negative. Turtle is showing more activity and interest in food.

8/17/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Performed spinal tap and sent samples off for diagnosis.

8/11/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Turtle still receiving parenteral nutrition.

7/11/2016 – K. Sea was found beached on a sandbar. Upon arrival the turtle was lethargic and emaciated. Radiographs and bloodwork revealed an infection within the lungs. K. Sea is being nebulized with an antibiotic to which the infection is susceptible. The turtle is also having trouble eating as it is unable to open its mouth. Radiographs show no breaks in the bones or apparent reasons for the turtle to not open its mouth, so this is likely due to a neurological problem.  We are administering Parenteral Nutrition (PN) intravenously twice a day.