Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded March 22, 2016
Location of Stranding Indian River County
Date of Arrival March 23, 2016
Number of Days of Care 106 days

Final Disposition



3/22/16   Animal found floating in a canal, and a homeowner pulled it out of the water

3/23/16   Animal transferred to Mote.  Weight at stranding: 3.1 kg.  Reef has no obvious wounds, but does have significant growth of large and small barnacles on carapace.  Initiated fluid therapy until animal is eating and injectable antibiotics.

3/31/16   Reef is foraging and eating well.  Still floating, so water level is being kept low for the time being.

4/4/16    Reef was moved into a tank with Timothy to make room for a new turtle.  Water level was raised.  Both animals are eating well, no longer floating, and are much more active.

4/16/16   Animal was switched to oral antibiotics.  Removed barnacle overgrowth from carapace.

5/19/16  Bloodwork not responding to current antibiotic, so switched to a different one.  Animal does continue to swim well and gain weight.

5/23/16  Reef was moved into a tank with Rigley in order to prepare Timothy for release.

06/23/16  Reef continues to improve.  Antibiotics were discontinued.

07/01/16  Reef has been medically cleared for release

07/07/16  Reef was transported by Mote staff and transferred to FWC for release on the east coast today

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