Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Arrival Date: March 18, 2018
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, Florida
Initial Weight: 139.04 lbs.
Current Weight: 172.15 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Current Condition: Ready for release
TFD is a small adult male loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant intake canal by the Inwater Research biologists that monitor that area. The initial bloodwork showed anemia and overall poor health due to starvation. Hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics, iron, and vitamins. TFD was also started on once daily parenteral nutrition supplementations. This turtle is also missing a large portion of the right rear flipper from an old injury. The turtle was put into freshwater to remove epibiota. We will continue to monitor bloodwork closely as we treat TFD.
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.
07/18/2018 –Release is scheduled for tomorrow!
07/11/2018 – TDF is ready for release. The release will be on July 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Loggerhead park.
06/27/2018 – TFD has gained a good bit of weight this week and the anemia is almost resolved.
06/13/2018 – TFD was tagged this week in preparation for eventual release.
05/30/2018 – TFD is now eating capelin and gaining weight.
05/24/2018 – TFD is finishing treatment for parasites later this week.
05/16/2018 – TFD has finally decided to eat capelin in addition to squid and has begun to gain more weight.
05/02/2018 – The turtle is finally beginning to gain weight.
04/26/2018 – TFD is showing a good bone marrow response and the anemia is beginning to resolve.
04/20/2018 – TFD has been taken off parenteral nutrition.
04/11/2018 – TFD is still eating only squid and still receiving parenteral nutrition.
04/06/2018 – TFD is eating squid well, but refusing to eat anything else. Thr turtle is finally gaining some weight, but is still receiving parenteral nutrition. The turtle has now passed the crab parts impaction.
03/29/2018 – TFD continues to receive parenteral nutrition. The turtle is very choosy about its food, but it is eating squid very well.
03/18/2018 – New patient