Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded October 11, 2018
Location of Stranding Siesta Key, Sarasota County
Date of Arrival October 11, 2018
Number of Days of Care 47 days

Final Disposition



10/11/2018  Turtle was found struggling in the surf on Siesta Key.  Animal appears to be affected by Red Tide toxicity.  Blood work shows signs of infection, so started on antibiotics.  Turtle will also be given subcutaneous fluids daily to help flush out toxins.  Dry-docked overnight because turtle would spin and flip upside down when placed in shallow water.

10/12/2018  Turtle's behavior is somewhat improved today, so is now in a small tank in shallow water.  George is biting at food today, but is unable to actully eat anything yet.

10/14/2018  George ate some fish today!  He continues to circle when put in deeper water, so he is still being kept in a small, shallow pool.

10/22/2018  George continues to eat well and forages for food.  He is finally coordinated enough to be housed in a larger pool.  He is now swimming normally and is no longer swimming in circles.

11/18/2016  George is active and is eating well.  Blood work looks much improved, so antibiotics were discontinued.

11/26/2018  George was released by Mote staff near Tarpon Springs!

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