Penelope AKA Penny

Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
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

Final Disposition


Penelope AKA Penny

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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