|Date Stranded||August 25, 2021|
|Location of Stranding||Longboat Key Pass, Manatee County|
|Date of Arrival||August 25, 2021|
|Number of Days of Care||24 days|
08/25/2021 Turtle was found struggling at the surface of the water in Longboat Key Pass. Longboat Key Fire and Rescue team trnsported the animal by boat to Mote for rehab. Exam findings show the animal in good body condition with no obvious injuries, but is exhibiting neurologic signs consistent with Red Tide toxicity. Pepper will be given subcutaneous fluids daily and antibiotics until neurologic symptoms resolve. He is dry docked overnight.
08/26/2021 Pepper was moved to a shallow rehab. pool. He ate one piece of shrimp, otherwise not interested in eating.
09/08/2021 Depth of rehab. pool was increased to half full. Pepper is very active, swimming normally, and is eating all food items offered. He is receiving oral antibiotics daily.