Sunshine

Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded August 24, 2018
Location of Stranding Anna Maria Island, Manatee County
Date of Arrival August 24, 2018
Number of Days of Care 60 days
Sunshine

08/24/2018  Turtle was found floating near Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach, Manatee County.  Turtle likely stranded due to Red Tide toxicity.  Blood work revealed an elevated white blood cell count, low blood glucose, and low calcium.  Turtle was started on injectable antibiotics and will be given subcutaneous fluids with calcium until eating.  Will be kept in a shallow pool until able to swim normally.

08/26/2018  Turtle ate today.  The depth of her tank was increased slightly.

08/27/2018  Sunshine continues to eat well.  She was moved to a larger tank today.

09/11/2018  Sunshine was switched from an injectable to an oral antibiotic to minimize handling.  The depth of the tank is increased to full.  Animal is eating well and swimming normally.

10/01/2018  Turtle's blood work continues to improve, so antibiotics were discontinued.

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