Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded January 1, 2022
Location of Stranding Terra Ceia Bay, Manatee County
Date of Arrival January 1, 2022
Number of Days of Care 13 days

Final Disposition



01/01/2022  Turtle was found washed into the mangroves near the South Skyway Fishing Peir in Terra Ceira Bay, Manatee County.  Animal was transported to Mote for rehabilitation.  Inital exam findings show that turtle is very underwight and completely covered in thick algae.  Blood work reveals extreme anemia, very low blood glucose, and very low calcium.  "Jackie" was given dextrose intravenously, subcutaneous fluids, and injectable calcium.  She is in a very shallow rehab. pool since she is very lethargic and taking infrequent, small breaths.

01/03/2022  Jackie ate some sea grass today!  Her respirations are slowly improving.  She will be given injectable antibiotics every 3 days until white blood cell count normalizes.

01/08/2022  Jackie is still lethargic, but she will occasionally eat squid and sea grass offered and continues to eat a little more each day.

01/15/2022  When turtle was taken out of the water for blood work and an antibiotic injection, it was noted that she was extremely weak and had a severe prolapse of the cloaca.  Due to lack of response and poor prognosis, animal was humanely euthanized.

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