Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded December 15, 2022
Location of Stranding Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Date of Arrival January 2, 2023
Number of Days of Care 55 days

Final Disposition



December 2022  Turtles stranded in Cape Cod as part of a cold stun event when temperatures dropped.  They were triaged and slowly warmed back up at New England Aquarium.  All turtles were started on subcutaneous fluids, vitamin injections, and injectable antibiotics.  

01/02/2023  Turtles were transported to Sarasota by a volunteer pilot coordinated by Turtles Fly Too.  Animals were transported to Mote where they were examined, weighed, and situated in rehab. pools in shallow water.  

01/07/2023  All turtles have eaten at least a small amount of capelin, shrimp, and squid since arriving at Mote.  They are still receiving injectable antibiotics every couple days and are actively swimming for most of the day.

01/19/2023  The 12 cold-stun Kemp's from Cape Cod are doing well.  They are all very active and eating an increasing assortment of seafood including capelin, squid, shrimp, and herring.  The depths of their rehab. pools have been increased to full to allow them more room to swim.  

01/28/2023  Monica is now receiving an oral anti-fungal hidden in a piece of fish daily instead of injectable antibiotics.

02/09/2023  Turtle's blood values are improved and radiographs look clear from any signs of pneumonia, so all medications have been discontinued.

02/24/2023  Carter, John Dutton, Lloyd, Monica, and Walker were transported to Ormond Beach for release on the east coast!

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