|Date Stranded||January 20, 2018|
|Location of Stranding||Anna Maria Island, Manatee County|
|Date of Arrival||January 20, 2018|
|Number of Days of Care||35 days|
01/20/2018 A fisherman found turtle entangled in a crab pot line. He disentangled the line from turtle's right front flipper and transported the turtle to Rod and Reel Pier on Anna Maria Island. Mote Strandings Investigation Program staff transported turtle back to Mote for rehabilitation. Physical exam revealed that the turtle was in good body condition but showed neurologic signs consistent with possible red tide toxicity. Turtle was given injectable antibiotics due to entanglement wounds and subcutaneous fluids to help with hydration and to begin to flush out any possible toxins. Molly was placed in a rehabilitation pool at low water level for the night.
01/21/2018 Molly was given subcutaneous fluids with calcium. She had no interest in eating today.
01/23/2018 Molly ate her entire diet today! She mostly ate off feeding tongs, but did forage a piece by the end of the day.
01/29/2018 Turtle is becoming more active and no longer displaying neurologic signs. Tank water level was raised to full. Molly is actively foraging all food offered and is continuing to receive injectable antibiotics every 3 days. Her entanglement wounds are healing well.
02/09/2018 Blood work today showed that Molly still had a very elevated white blood cell count. She was switched to an oral antibiotic.