Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded December 10, 2020
Location of Stranding Buzzards Bay, MA
Date of Arrival December 22, 2020
Number of Days of Care 65 days

Final Disposition



12/22/2020  Turtle "226" stranded as part of the Cold Stun event in New England. 226 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 "Ellen". Ellen was given fluids and placed in a rehabilitation pool.

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

01/15/2021  Ellen has been taken off of antibiotics but remains on the anti-fungal. Ellen is still not eating unassisted yet.

01/20/2021  Ellen ate a piece of fish on her own today!

01/21/2021 Ellen is eating all seafood offered today.

02/03/2021  Ellen continues to do well.  Blood work indicates her tissues still have some repairing to do, but she continues tio improve.

02/25/2021  Todd, Eddie, Rusty, Lewis, and Ellen were transported and released by Mote staff at New Smyrna Beach!

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