Mr. Spock

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded August 1, 2017
Location of Stranding Sarasota Bay, Sarasota County
Date of Arrival August 1, 2017
Number of Days of Care 205 days

Final Disposition


Mr. Spock

08/01/2017  Turtle was found floating in Sarasota Bay and was transported to Mote for rehabilitation.  Animal is severely underweight and the carapace is 100% covered in epibiopta (barnacles, algae, etc.).  Mr. Spock was given subcutaneous fluids and placed in tank at low water level overnight.

08/02/2017  Mr. Spock ate today and even foraged for some food on his own by the end of the day!

08/07/2017  Animal continues to eat more each day.  Is currently receiving injectable antibiotics and iron supplementation.

08/31/2017  Animal is no longer floating.  Water level was increased a couple inches.  Mr. Spock's diet has also been slowly increased.

09/07/2017  Mr. Spock was relocated to a tank more sheltered from the elements in prepartion for possible weather effects from Hurricane Irma.  Animal's water level is increased to full.  Mr. Spock is now very active and continues to forage for all food offered.

09/10/2017  Hurricane Irma was projected to take a westerly shift and potntially make landfall near Sarasota.  Due to the possible storm surge and high winds, all of the sea turtles were moved upsatirs to second story offices with hurricane shutters.  The animal's will remain dry-docked in tubs until it is safe to return to their rehabilitation pools.  

09/11/2017  Hurricane Irma shifted east and Mote luckily experienced very little damage.  Mr. Spock was moved back down to the rehabilitation pool this morning.  Acted normal today and ate all food offered.

10/23/2017  Mr. Spock continues to eat well and gain weight.  Was started on an anti-parasitic treatment due to an elevation in eosinophils in the blood sample.

11/17/2017  Blood work is improved and antibiotics and anti-parasitics will be discontinued next week.  Animal is in much better body condition and continues to eat all food offered.

02/15/2018  Recent blood work on Mr. Spock show some elevations in his liver values.  He conitnues to eat well and act normal.  Plan to continue to monitor blood work.

02/21/2018  Mr. Spock was released at Lido Beach today by Mote staff and interns!

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