Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded August 23, 2022
Location of Stranding Anna Maria Island, Manatee County
Date of Arrival August 23, 2022
Number of Days of Care 33 days

08/23/2022  Turtle was found floating near docks on the east side of Anna Maria Island.  There were visible injuries consistent with a vessel strike, so turtle was brought into Mote for medical care.  "Kerri" was weighed, had blood work done, was given subcutaneous fluids, and was started on injectable antibiotics.  The boat strike damage seems to mostly have affected turtle's head and top jaw. Due to buoyancy issues and possible neurologic issues, animal will be kept in a rehab. pool in shallow water.  

08/31/2022  Kerri is still lethargic and being kept in shallow water.  She still has not ingested any food yet, but has occasionally bit at some prey items.  She continues to receive injectable antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids until eating.

09/03/2022  Kerri bit at a piece of squid today.  

09/08/2022  Kerri ate a couple pieces of seafood and sea grass yesterday.  She is much more active, so her water level was increased a couple inches.  Her right eye is less swollen and it seems like she may have at least partial vision in that eye.

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