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 105 days

Final Disposition



12/22/2020  Turtle "212" stranded as part of the Cold Stun event in New England. 212 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 "Clark". Clark was given fluids and placed in a rehabilitation pool.

12/27/2020  Clark had begun eating right away but after 3 days stopped. Clark has been floating so had radiographs taken to examine the lungs as these cold stun events can negatively impact the turtle's lungs.

01/07/2021  Clark is slowly recovering. Clark is not yet eating but is being force fed oral supplements and an anti-fungal. Clark is also receiving an injectable antibiotic and fluids once a week.

01/17/2021  Clark has began eating again, small amounts on and off the past few days. Clark has been taken off of antibiotics and the anti-fungal.

02/03/2021  Clark has an abscess on his neck and his white blood cell count spiked.  His appetite is also decreased.  He was started on injectable antibiotics.

02/12/2021  Clark is eating normally again and was switched to oral antibiotics.

03/05/2021  Clark continues to do well and his abscess is healing.

04/05/2021  Clark was released on the east coast of Florida off of New Smyrna Beach.

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