Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded December 2, 2020
Location of Stranding Residential canal in Brandenton, FL
Date of Arrival December 2, 2020
Number of Days of Care 113 days

Final Disposition



12/02/2020  This subadult Loggerhead was called into Mote's Stranding Investigations Program due to it floating along a residential canal in Bradenton, FL. The turtle was deemed "O-H" by the family who called it in and O-H was brought to Mote's Sea Turtle Hospital for rehabilitation. O-H presents with bouyancy issues and missing its right rear flipper.

12/03/2020  O-H was started on an injectable antibiotic and fluids with dextrose due to a low glucose blood value. O-H is still very "floaty" in water but began foraging food right away. 

12/11/2020  O-H was taken off of the injectable antibiotic and placed on an oral antibiotic that will help with loose stool. 

12/12/2020  O-H had a first normal observable defecation overnight. 

12/20/2020  O-H has been taken off of the injectible antibiotics but placed on an oral antibiotic, an anti-fungal, and folic acid supplement. Is still very bouyant but continues to eat well.

01/17/2021  O-H has since been discontinued from all antibiotics and the anti-fungal. O-H's water level is now at full due to O-H overcoming the bouyancy issues!

02/03/2021  Animal continues to do well and put on weight.  Anemia is very slowly resolving, so giving turtle more time in rehab. for red blood cells to regenerate.

02/09/2021  O-H was moved to a large dolphin rehab. pool so he can swim more and dive deeper.  He was also started on an oral iron supplement to help with the anemia.

02/27/2021  O-H is thriving in the new habiat and continues to do well.

03/24/2021  O-H was medically cleared for release.  Mote staff released O-H at Bayfront Park on Anna Maria Island today!

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