Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded November 20, 2017
Location of Stranding Barnstable County, MA
Date of Arrival December 8, 2017
Number of Days of Care 55 days

Final Disposition



12/08/2017  Turtle originally stranded in Massachusetts during a cold stun event.  Animal was triaged at New England Aquarium and was flown down, along with 45 other sea turtles, for continued rehabilitation at various marine animal rehab. facilities in Florida.  Mote received one green and nine Kemp's ridley sea turtles from this group.  Animals were transported from Tampa Airport to Mote and were placed in tanks at low water level for the night.  

12/09/2017  Snap ate his entire diet and was actively foraging by the end of the day.

12/12/2017  Blood work shows an elevated white blood cell count.  This is likely due to necrosis from freezing.  Injectable antibiotic therapy was initiated.

12/18/2017  All turtles from Cape Cod are actively foraging for all food types offered.  They are all very active and the the depth of their tanks is being slowly increased.

01/01/2018  Animal's blood work has improved, so injectable antibiotics were discontinued.  Continuing to increase amount of food offered to aid in weight gain and continued improvement and healing.

02/01/2018  Turtle was released south of New Smyrna Beach on the east coast of Florida!

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