Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded July 12, 2020
Location of Stranding Holmes Beach, FL
Date of Arrival July 17, 2020
Number of Days of Care 24 days

Final Disposition

08/10/2020  Mango was released from a boat near Ten Thousand Islands (Gullivan Bay) in Collier County, FL.


07/12/2020  This turtle was reported to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Stranding Investigation Program because it had been in a canal near Trailer Estates in Manatee County for about a month. Our team responded but the turtle was not located.

07/15/2020  Our team responded to another call regarding this turtle. Upon arrival this turtle was observed swimming up to boats, eating mangoes, and exhibiting bubble butt syndrome (rear end floating). Rescue attempts were unsuccessful.

07/17/2020  Our team responded once more and were successful in rescuing this time! The turtle was deemed "Mango" and brought to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital for rehabilitation. On physical exam we found Mango already had a flipper tag meaning this turtle had, at some point, been rehabilitated or tagged during research. The flipper tag is from Cuba! Mango made it all the way from Cuba to Holmes Beach! Blood was drawn, radiographs were taken, fluids were given, and Mango was placed in a rehabilitation pool with low water.

07/18/2020  Mango began eating seafood right away.

07/30/2020  Mango continues to do well.

08/06/2020  Mango was cleared for released by staff veterinarians and Florida Fish & Wildlife.

08/10/2020  Mango was released!

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