Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded March 5, 2023
Location of Stranding Cortez Bridge, Manatee County
Date of Arrival March 5, 2023
Number of Days of Care 26 days

03/05/2023  Turtle was found floating just south of the Cortez Bridge in Manatee County.  Animal was transported to Mote for assesment and rehabilitation.  Animal is exhibiting signs of likely red tide toxicity and possible lethargic loggerhead syndrome.  Hazelnut was given subcutaneous fluids and injectable antibiotics and was dry-docked overnight due to lethargy and neurologic issues. 

03/06/2023  Hazelnut was moved to a rehab. pool in very shallow water.  Turtle is still showing signs of lethargy and red tide toxicity, but did some eat squid when offered.

03/10/2023  Hazelnut is eating well and is more alert.  Water level is still shallow until turtle is more active.

03/22/2023  Hazelnut's tank depth was increased a couple inches.  Turtle continues to eat all seafood offered and is still on an antibiotic injection every couple days and an iron injection once weekly until blood work improves.

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