Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded May 30, 2018
Location of Stranding Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte County
Date of Arrival May 30, 2018
Number of Days of Care 44 days

Final Disposition



5/30/2018  Turtle was found entangled in a crap pot line east of Hog Island in Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte County.  Turtle also had a large shark fishing hook stuck in it's mouth and was entangled in a large clump of monofilament fishing line.  Animal was disentangled and transported to Mote for assessment and rehabilitation.  Initial physical exam revealed constriction marks on the front right flipper from the entanglement and wounds in it's mouth from the fishing hook.  Blood work and x-rays were done as well.  Gazpacho was started on injectable antibiotics and will be given subcutaneous fluids daily until eating.  

5/31/2018  Gazpacho had no interest in eating today.

6/1/2018  Turtle ate a small amount of squid today!

06/29/2018  Gazpacho is actively foraging for all food offered.  Increased depth of rehab. pool to full.  Blood work is improving and antibiotics were discontinued.  

07/13/2018  Gazpacho was released by Mote staff and interns at Anna Maria Island!

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