Rudder

Rudder

Species: Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: September 27, 2016
Stranding Location: Palm Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 9.81 lbs.
Current Weight: 11.0 lbs.

Issue: Old Boat Strike and Intestinal Issue
Current Condition: Improving

ADMISSION NOTE:

Rudder was found on Palm Beach. There is an old injury to its carapace and rear flippers, probably caused by a boat propeller. There is spinal damage. The organs underneath the injury may have been affected. Radiographs show a large amount of food and gas in the intestines. Bloodwork shows a high white cell count indicating a systemic infection. We will be cleaning the wound daily and treating with honey.

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:

02/16/2017 –  Sea_turtle_icon(green)

02/08/2017 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rudder’s white cell count is showing a continuous improvement. Treatments will be continued.

01/25/2017 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Final blood culture results were negative.  The turtle is continuing with the current treatment.

01/12/2017 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)A blood culture was taken, but so far the results are negative. Antibiotics have been started for an elevated white cell count

01/04/2017 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Due to a persistent high white count, a sample was taken for blood culture.

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)Rudder’s white cell count has decreased slightly but is still elevated.

11/30/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(green)

11/23/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(green)

11/17/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

11/10/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rudder’s white cell count has increased. The treatment plan has been adjusted accordingly.

11/02/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rudder is now eating well and no longer has constipation issues.

10/26/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

10/20/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Rudder has not been eating well. The turtle has had some constipation issues.

10/14/2016 –  Sea_turtle_icon(green)Rudder’s wound is healing rapidly and the white cell count has begun to improve.

09/27/2016 –  Rudder was found on Palm Beach. There is an old injury to its carapace and rear flippers, probably caused by a boat propeller. There is spinal damage. The organs underneath the injury may have been affected. Radiographs show a large amount of food and gas in the intestines. Bloodwork shows a high white cell count indicating a systemic infection. We will be cleaning the wound daily and treating with honey.