Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded March 26, 2018
Location of Stranding Anna Maria Island, Manatee County
Date of Arrival March 26, 2018
Number of Days of Care 46 days

Final Disposition



03/26/2018  Turtle was found floating and was recovered by fishermen 15 miles due west of Bean Point, Anna Maria Island.  Animal was transported to Mote for rehabilitation.  Initial exam revealed that turtle seemed to be having some sort of "reaction" to something externally.  Turtle's skin was covered in some sort of orange material, it's scutes were sloughing off, and it's eyes were red and scabby.  The fishermen reported that the turtle was found floating in some sort of yellow sludge at the surface of the water.  Animal is in good body condition, but blood work revealed that this turtle is anemic, has very low glucose and calcium levels, and high liver values.  Turtle was cleaned off with a chlorahex rinse, was given antibiotic eye drops, was given dextrose intravenously, and will receive subcutaneous fluids daily until eating well.  Animal was put in a rehab. tank at very low water level overnight.  

03/27/2018  Animal was started on injectable antibiotics.  Shoshi ate two small bites of sea grass today, otherwise was not interested in eating.

03/28/2018  Shoshi foraged for all food types offered today!

04/27/2018  Shoshi continues to eat well and is very active.  The sloughing skin has no been replaced by health tissue.  Blood work is improved so antibiotics were discontinued.

05/10/2018  Shoshi was released off Anna Maria Island today by the fisherman who found him along with Mote staff and interns!

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