Squirt 2

Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded April 30, 2015
Location of Stranding Charlotte County
Date of Arrival April 30, 2015
Number of Days of Care 488 days

Final Disposition

Moved to sea turtle exhibit tanks and is now a permanent Mote resident

09/04/2019  Currently residing in the rehabilitation hospital's Medical Pool to reasses his feeding capabilities.

Squirt 2

4/30/2015 Turtle was found floating in the Peace river. Turtle has an old boat strike wound to the face, that is still healing.  Left eye is compromised due to this wound. Turtle is anemic and has possible pnuemonia. Turtle will be treated with antibiotics and fluid therapy.

5/12/2015 Turtle is doing well and eating food off the bottom of medical pool.

8/25/2015  Turtle is occasionally seen resting on the bottom and continues to eat well off the bottom of the tank.  The water depth has been slightly increased. 

1/04/2016  Turtle is eating well and foraging dead prey.  Recent behavior appears to be more stressed, so a shade cloth now covers half of the tank to offer more shelter.

3/31/2016   Squirt 2 was offered a few small live crabs and successfully foraged for them

5/29/2016  Continuing to assess Squirt 2's feeding capabilites...offering various sized crabs and live shrimp in addition to his daily diet.

06/17/2016  Due to Squirt's inability to successfully forage live prey consistently, animal is deemed medically non-releasable.  FWC requested that Mote determine sex of Squirt in order to facilitate placing in a permanent home. Using an endoscope, Mote's veterinarian determined that Squirt is a male!

08/29/2016  Squirt 2 was moved to an exhibit tank and is now a permanent resident at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

09/04/2019  Squirt 2 was taken off exhibit and moved to the rehabilitation hospital's Medical Pool to reasses his feeding capabilities.

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