Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded October 31, 2023
Location of Stranding Sarasota County
Date of Arrival October 31, 2023
Number of Days of Care 29 days

10/31/2023  Turtle was found floating 3 miles offshore from Venice Fishing Pier.  Upon arrival at Mote, exam findings reveal a larger amount of epibiota present indicating turtle may have not been swimming much for some time.  Blood work shows signs of anemia and low blood glucose.  Clarice was given fluids with dextrose and an antibiotic injection.  Likely exhibiting signs of debilitated turtle syndrome/lethargic loggerhead.  Turtle is in a rehab. pool in very shallow water until more active.  She immediately foraged capelin and squid when offered.

11/04/2023  Clarice is still lethargic, but is able to maneuver well in the water so tank depth was raised a couple inches.  She continues to eat all sea food offered, so her diet is being slowly increased daily.  She has defecated a few times and there are tiny sea urching spines/bodies present.

11/11/2023  Clarice is eagerly eating all seafood offered.  She was switched from an injectable antibiotic to an oral antibiotic since she's eating well.  Still receiving an iron injection once a week to help with anemia.  Tank depth has been increased to half full since she is more active.

11/18/2023  Clarice's tank is now at full depth because she has been spending more time swimming.

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