Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded November 6, 2022
Location of Stranding Tampa Harbor, Hillsborough County
Date of Arrival November 7, 2022
Number of Days of Care 22 days

11/06/2022  Turtle came in through the bilge pump of a dredge in Tampa Harbor.  Turtle was held on the dredge overnight.

11/07/2022  Turtle was transported to Mote.  Blood work indicates the animal has a very elevated white blood cell count and wounds likely sustained from being sucked up in the bilge.  Gus was given subcutaneous fluids and started on injectable antibiotics.  He ate squid when offered today.

11/11/2022  Gus is very active and spends most of the day swimming.  He is eating consistently.

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