Calypso 2

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Adult
Gender Female
Date Stranded April 24, 2021
Location of Stranding Manatee County
Date of Arrival April 24, 2021
Number of Days of Care 96 days
Calypso 2

04/24/2021  Turtle was found floating and unable to dive in the Sarasota Bay Intracoastal Waterway east of Jewfish Key.  Turtle was rescued and transported to Mote by officers from Manatee County Sheriff's Office.  Upon arrival, "Calypso" was examined, weighed, and had blood drawn.  Based on her behavior, Mote staff suspect low levels of Red Tide exposure/toxcity.  She was given subcutaneous fluids with Dextrose and placed in a rehab. pool in very shallow water.

04/25/2021  Calypso bit at but spit out clam and squid.  She did eat blue crab when offered!

04/29/2021  Calypso is eating well.  She prefers blue crab, squid, and shrimp instead of fish.  She is more active, but remains in shallow water due to her still being "floaty"/positively buoyant.  

05/14/2021  Calypso is eating everything offered and her diet is being increased daily.  She continues to have buoyancy issues so she is still being kept in a rehab. pool in shallow water.

05/17/2021   There was some necrotic tissue seen in animal's feces, so oral antibiotic therapy was initiated.

05/29/2021  Buoyancy issues continue.  Radiographs show gas in the intestines.  Calypso is eating well and defecating normally.

06/25/2021   Calypso was moved to a large rehab. pool where the water depth can be increased significantly to observe if her buoyancy improves in a bigger, deeper environment..

07/17/2021  Calypso is active and eating well.  She is still in the larger rehab. pool, but her buoyancy issues have not improved.  

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