|Date Stranded||April 24, 2016|
|Location of Stranding||Manatee County; 10 miles west of Longboat Pass|
|Date of Arrival||April 24, 2016|
|Number of Days of Care||201 days|
04/24/2016 Fisherman found turtle floating 10 miles due west off of Longboat Pass. Animal has some abrasions on plastron and is missing the right front flipper (old, healed injury). Weight: 1.4 kg.
04/26/2016 Turtle is in low water, but is foraging food off the bottom. Started on injectable antibiotics.
05/19/2016 Penelope started to float, so water level was lowered. Antibiotic therapy was initiated due to elevations of white blood cells in fecal sample.
06/23/2016 Penelope continues to eat well and swim strongly. Raised water level to full although buoyancy (occasional floating) issues are being monitored.
09/02/2016 Penelope still floats at times. Switched antibiotics because fecal sample has not yet improved.
10/22/2016 Animal continues to eat well and is growing fast. Has been able to achieve neutral buoyancy more often over the last few weeks.
11/03/2016 Penelope has been medically cleared for release.
11/10/2016 Penelope was released by Mote staff and interns at Honeymoon Island
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