|Date Stranded||June 16, 2018|
|Location of Stranding|
|Date of Arrival||June 16, 2018|
|Number of Days of Care||169 days|
06/16/2018 Turtle was found floating. Animal had ingested spiderwire fishing line and was also entangled in the line around it's neck. Disentangled the turtle and tried removing the line from it's mouth, but had swalloed too much of it. Blood work revealed an elevated white blood cell count. Animal was given subcutaneous fluids and injectable antibiotics. Lucille was put in rehab. pool in shallow water. Ate small amount of food offered from feeding tongs.
06/20/2018 Lucille is now foraging for most of her diet.
06/25/2018 Turtle started passing the ingested fishing line today!
06/26/2018 Lucille passed the remainder of the ingested fishing line overnight!
06/29/2018 Lucille continues to eat well and is active. Keeping tank at a shallow depth still because turtle floats if depth is increased.
08/06/2018 Lucille's hematocrit has been declining and her white blood cell count has been increasing. She will be started on an oral antibiotic to address the white blood cell count elevation.
08/15/2018 Lucille's hematocrit has increased since last check, indicating her body is regenerating red blood cells.
09/13/2018 Blood work indicates that animal has a bacterial and possibly fungal infection. Two different antibiotics and an anti-fungal will be given daily. Lucille continues to float at times.
11/09/2018 Antibiotics and antifungals were discontinued. Lucille has been exhibiting neutral buoyancy and resting on the bottom more often. Will continue to monitor blood work and buoyancy issues until normal.
12/01/2018 Lucilee was released by Mote staff near Tarpon Springs!