|Date Stranded||December 9, 2019|
|Location of Stranding||Sanibel, Florida|
|Date of Arrival||December 11, 2019|
|Number of Days of Care||117 days|
12/09/2019 Finnley Joe was found floating and rescued near Red Channel Marker 4 off Sanibel, FL. Finnley Joe is an adult male Loggerhead with carapace evidence of a boat strike, he was brought to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) for rehabilitation.
12/11/2019 Due to Finnley Joe's size and heavy rehabilitation patient load at CROW he was transferred to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium for continued care. He had a piece of his carapce removed that had been rubbing and irritating his tail. A crack in Finnley Joe's carapace was secured with wire to hold the pieces together as it heals over. He is in low water and being offered food every two hours.
01/31/20 Finnley Joe's carapace is still being held together by wire as it heals over and the other areas on his carapace continue to heal slowly (normal). Finnley Joe's water level was raised to full and he seems very comfortable, still eating very well. Expect Finnley Joe to be with for awhile as it will take some time for his shell to heal enough to be considered for release.
02/20/2020 Finnley Joe continues to do well. He is eating great, gaining weight and his shell is healing. He is not on any medications but he recieves an iron supplement daily.
03/23/2020 Finnley Joe was moved to one of the large Dolphin and Whale Hospital pools as he waits for his carapace to continue healing over.
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