Sea Pearl

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded July 21, 2018
Location of Stranding Manasota Key, Sarasota County
Date of Arrival July 21, 2018
Number of Days of Care 271 days

Final Disposition

Sea Pearl

07/21/2018  Animal was found on the beach at the Pearl Inn on Manasota Key and was transported to Mote.  Physical exam findings and blood work revealed that the turtle was most likely experiencing signs of Red Tide toxicity.  Sea Pearl was given subcutaneous fluids and dry-docked overnight due to lethargy and neurologic signs.

07/23/2018  Sea Pearl will continue to receive subcutaneous fluids until eating and behaving normally.  She passed the water test today and is now in a rehab. pool in shallow water.

07/28/2018  Sea Pearl's water depth was increased slightly, but she is still quite lethargic.  She has shown no interest in eating yet, so she is still receiving subcutaneous fluids on a regular basis.

08/02/2018  Turtle still has no interest in eating on her own.  She is being force fed and is receiving subcutaneous fluids to help with hydration.

08/16/2018  Sea Pearl still will not eat on her own.  She will occasionally bite at clam, but has yet to ingest anything on her own.  She is overall still acting lethargic.  She is currently receiving a de-wormer to treat any parasites could perhaps be negatively impacting her behavior. 

10/06/2018  Sea Pearl will occasionally forage for prey items, but will still primarily only eat from feeding tongs when food is held directly in front of her.  Her blood work continues to normalize, but she has been slow to improve behaviorally.

11/16/2018  There has been minimal change in Sea Pearl's status.  Animal continues to act lethargic and doesn't frequently actively forage for food. 

12/27/2018  Sea Pearl is gaining weight and strength.  Animal has started resisting restraint, which is a good sign.  

01/21/2019  Turtle is getting stronger, but is still slightly underweight.  Animal needs to gain more weight prior to release because many prey items in the wild have died off due to red tide.

02/05/2019  Turtle was moved to a much larger, deeper outdoor rehab. pool to see if that would encourage any improvement in foraging behaviors.

03/09/2019 Sea Pearl is foraging much better in the large habitat and is putting on weight.

04/18/2019  Sea Pearl was released from Lido Beach in Sarasota, FL.

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