Old Bay

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded October 25, 2021
Location of Stranding Anna Maria Island, Manatee County
Date of Arrival October 25, 2021
Number of Days of Care 45 days

10/25/2021  Turtle was observed rolling in the surf off the Oak Avenue beach entrance on Anna Maria Island.  Was rescued and transported to Mote for rehab.  Exam findings indicate likely red tide toxicity.  Animal is in good body condition but is exhibiting neurologic deficits.  Animal, deemed "Old Bay," was given fluids, vitamin injections, and was dry-docked for the night due to neurologic issues.

10/26/2021  "Old Bay" was removed to a rehab. pool in shallow water.  Mashed food when offered, but did not consume anything.

10/28/2021  Turtle is still not interested in eating.  She is defecating regularly though and is passing pieces of shells.

11/1/2021  Old Bay finally ate today!  Seems to prefer squid.

11/03/2021  Turtle's appetite continues to improve.  Old Bay is more active, and water depth is slowly being increased.

11/13/2021  Old Bay is eating well and foraging for all prey items offered.  His tank is at full depth.  He is being given oral antibiotics hidden in his prey items daily due to an elevated white blood cell count.

12/01/2021  Old Bay continues to eat well and swim normally.  Blood work is improved, so antibiotics were discontinued.

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