|Date Stranded||August 17, 2018|
|Location of Stranding||Manatee County|
|Date of Arrival||August 17, 2018|
|Number of Days of Care||214 days|
08/17/2018 Turtle was found floating in the Intercoastal Waterway near the Seafood Shack Marina in Manatee County. Animal was transported to Mote for rehabilitation. Exam findings reveal a previously healed trauma to tip of carapace. Turtle also is exhibiting some neurological signs likely caused by Red Tide toxicity. She was given subcutaneous fluids and dry docked overnight.
08/18/2018 Ms. Pam was relocated to a rehab. pool in shallow water. She ate when offered fish!
08/29/2018 Kobia and Ms. Pam were transported by FWC to Clearwater Marine Aquarium to open up tank space for other rehab. animals at Mote.
10/28/2018 Ms. Pam was transferred back to Mote for further evaluation of bouancy issues.
11/29/2018 Ms. Pam continues to eat well. Turtle is still positively bouyant and is unable to rest on the bottom of the tank.
12/11/2018 Weights were attached to turtle's carapace using epoxy. Ms. Pam is now able to successfully rest on the bottom of the tank and has a much easier time diving to the bottom to forage for food.
01/21/2019 The weights are no longer attached to turtle's shell and Ms. Pam is positively buoyany again. Will monitor buoyancy issues. Turtle is active and eating well.
02/15/2019 Because of Ms. Pam's permanent buoyancy issues, she is deemed medically non-releasble for a life in the wild. Today she was sedated and endoscoped for sex determination. Ms. Pam is indeed a female! FWC will now look for a suitable permanent home for her.