Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded December 8, 2020
Location of Stranding Buzzards Bay, MA
Date of Arrival December 22, 2020
Number of Days of Care 49 days

Final Disposition



12/22/2020  Turtle "207" stranded as part of the Cold Stun event in New England. 207 was brought to National Marine Life Center where it was then transfered to Mote Marine's Sea Turtle Hospital by a group called Turtles Fly Too, a non-profit organization of volunteer private pilots. Here the turtle was deemed "Catherine". Catherine was given fluids and placed in a rehabilitation pool.

12/27/2020  Catherine has been floating so radiographs were taken today to examine the lungs as these cold stun events are very harmful to their lungs.

01/07/2021  Catherine has slowly been improving. Catherine is not eating yet but is being force fed oral supplements and an anti-fungal. Catherine is also still receiving an injectible antibiotic and fluids once a week.

01/14/2021  Catherine started eating today for the first time!

01/17/2021  Catherine continues to eat well and has been taken off antibiotics and the anti-fungal.

02/01/2021   Catherine was medically cleared for release but will spend a few days in a dolphin rehabilitation tank to slowly get used to colder water to match the current ocean temperature.

02/08/2021   Blue Spruce, Francis, Catherine, Ruby Sue, and Margo were transported and released by Mote staff on the east coast of Florida off of New Smyrna Beach.

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