Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded November 18, 2020
Location of Stranding Buzzards Bay, MA
Date of Arrival November 21, 2020
Number of Days of Care 45 days

Final Disposition

01/04/2021  Douglas was released off of New Smyrna Beach.


11/19/2020  This turtle (070) is part of the cold stun even that happens in New England area every year. 070 was brought to the National Marine Life Center for initial care.

11/21/2020  070 was transferred with other turtles to from New England to Florida by a non-profit organization called Turtles Fly Too. 070 is part of the group that came to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital for rehabilitation, here the turtle was named Douglas.

11/27/2020  Douglas continues to recover slowly, not eating yet. Douglas is on injectable antibiotics and receiving fluids regularly.

12/15/2020  Douglas is eating very well. Douglas no longer needs to receive regular fluids and seems to be recovering great.

12/18/2020  Douglas has been moved upstairs into a solo enclosure within one of Mote's dolphin rehabilitation tanks.

12/31/2020  Douglas was medically cleared for release!

01/04/2021  Douglas was released on the east coast of Florida off of New Smyrna Beach.

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