Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

(ST0241, MH02-792-Lk)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded November 24, 2002
Location of Stranding Barnstable County, MA
Date of Arrival December 18, 2002
Number of Days of Care 224 days

Final Disposition

Released August 1, 2003

This turtle stranded in the Cape Cod area and was transferred from the New England Aquarium to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital due to lack of space. This turtle arrived with Frosty, Blizzard, and Kringle and has a few external lesions caused by cold-stunning and probably frostbite. 12/24 This turtle has a good appetite and is doing well at this point. 1/1/03 Turtle's white count has gone up, so we have changed antibiotics. Appetite is good. 1/14 White count is now much better and appetite continues to be very good. 2/27 This turtle is doing very well and may be releasable by spring. 3/18 Turtle is still on antibiotics but is doing very well. 5/15 Glacier is the smallest of the three cold-stunned turtles remaining (Frosty and Blizzard are the others). This turtle remains on antibiotics but is eating well. It is hoped that the three of them can be released by early summer. 6/21 Turtle is now doing well and may be off antibiotics soon. 7/25 Turtle is doing very well and is off all medications. Release is scheduled for next week along with two other Cape Cod turtles. 8/1 Turtle was released today along with Blizzard and Frosty.

frontal view of a sea turtle named glacier
Frontal view


lateral view of a sea turtle named glacier
Lateral view

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