Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Adult
Gender Male
Date Stranded June 9, 2023
Location of Stranding Estero Bay, Lee County
Date of Arrival June 10, 2023
Number of Days of Care 18 days

Final Disposition



06/09/2023  Turtle was found floating about 1/4 mile offshore near the first inlet into Estero Bay in Lee County.

06/10/2023  Turtle was transported to Mote for medical assessment and rehabilitation.  "Apollo" had blood work done and was started on subcutaneous fluids and injectable antibiotics.  He is in a rehab. pool in very shallow water due to lethergy.  He bit at all prey items offered, but only consumed 10 grams of squid.  

06/11/2023  Apollo ate 100 g of crab.  His water was raised a couple inches.  

06/12/2023  Apollo's water was lowered a few inches due to buoyancy issues.  Showed no interest in eating today.

06/14/2023  Apollo had a defecation overnight and there were numerous crushed shells in it indicating he had been recently eating.

06/19/2023  The uric acid in Apollo's blood work continues to increase despite receiving subcutaneous fluids and being kept in a lower salinity.  Elevated concentrations of uric acid have been associated with kidney disease.

06/23/2023  Apollo had radiographs and an ultrasound today to examine his kidneys and GI motility.  He was given subcutaneous fluids, a steroid injection, and an injection of a medication meant to increase GI motility.

06/24/2023  Apollo continues to show no interest in eating.  He is still being kept in low water due to buoyancy issues.

06/27/2023  Unfortuantey, Apollo's blood parameters continued to worsen depite fluid therpay and medical intervention.  He passed away overnight.

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