Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: August 27, 2018
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, Florida

Initial Weight
: 185.9 lbs.
Current Weight: 199.32 lbs.

Issue: Boat Strike
Current Condition: Stable



Marge is an adult female loggerhead patient that was found in the St. Lucie River. She has boat strike wounds on the front part of the carapace and on the top of her head. The wounds involve bone, muscle and soft tissue. Surgical debridement was necessary to remove debris and allow the wounds to heal. Honey will be used to prevent further infection. Laser therapy will be used to speed healing. Over 90% of boat strikes in the past year were fatal. Marge has a long recovery ahead.


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.


09/19/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)  Marge is showing some interest in squid, but is not eating much. Antibiotics have been changed and a surgical debridement was performed today.

09/13/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge is showing a few signs of slight improvement and is in somewhat deeper water, allowing the turtle to swim around more.

09/05/2018 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Marge is still not eating consistently, so the turtle was started on parenteral nutrition. The turtle is slightly stronger and is moving around the tank more than before.

08/27/2018 – New patient