Species: Hawksbill sea turtle
Arrival Date: December 18, 2017
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, Florida
Initial Weight: 82.8 lbs.
Current Weight: 86.4 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitation, possible liver issue
Current Condition: Improving
We have named ”Tiffany” in honor of the longstanding support from Tiffany & Co. of Loggerhead Marinelife Center and our annual Go Blue Awards luncheon. We are so appreciative of Tiffany & Co.’s support of LMC over the past 9 years and are proud to name this sea turtle in their honor.
Tiffany & Co has a strong commitment to the environment and we applaud their core values that it “is your moral duty to sustain the natural environment” and actively work to “positively affect communities and protect the planet.”
Tiffany is an adult female hawksbill that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant intake canal. The turtle was covered with barnacles, including small barnacles on the skin. This is an indication of chronic illness. The turtle is currently undergoing testing to determine the specific cause of the illness.
The initial bloodwork was not diagnostically significant. Radiographs showed evidence of minor intestinal impaction. Tiffany has been started on fluids and antibiotics and was put into freshwater to remove epibiota that covered the turtle’s body. We will monitor the turtle closely as we continue with treatments.
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.
12/27/2017 – Tiffany underwent a bronchial lavage procedure and bacteria was recovered. Antibiotic testing indicated that the current treatment should be effective.
12/18/2017 – Arrival