|Date Stranded||June 8, 2019|
|Location of Stranding||Siesta Key|
|Date of Arrival||June 8, 2019|
|Number of Days of Care||96 days|
Tootsie was released off of Lido Beach in Sarasota, FL!
06/08/2019 Turtle was found floating 150 yards offshore of Siesta Key in the evening. Sarasota County sheriff's office Deputy Mike Watson and Sarasota City Island PD officer Mike Skinner aided in the rescue of this turtle. The turtle was given the nickname "Tootsie Roll" and brought back to Mote for rehabilitation. Was weighed, blood was drawn, fluids & antibiotics were given, and it was placed in low water.
06/09/2019 Tootsie Roll ate well on the first offering.
06/12/2019 Tootsie Roll continues to eat well. Still in low water level due to a bouyancy issue. Was placed on injectable iron once a week due to anemia.
06/16/2019 Tootsie Roll defecated for the first time in rehab.
06/25/2019 Tootsie Roll continues to be at low water level because of bouyancy issues. Tootsie was taken off the injectable antibiotic and placed on an oral antibiotic that targets bacterial and parasitic infections. Also put on oral iron Monday-Friday.
07/17/2019 Tootsie Roll's iron supplement was increased to every day now. The water level in Tootsie's tank was increased to full as Tootsie is no longer having bouyancy issues!
07/25/2019 Tootsie has been taken off of the oral antibiotic.
08/01/2019 Tootsie continues to do well. Tootsie is still underweight but is continuously gaining.
09/09/2019 Tootsie has been cleared by Mote vet staff for release!
09/12/2019 Tootsie was released off of Lido Beach in Sarasota, FL!
Mote Aquarium hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, closing at 1 p.m. due to anticipated traffic from Friday-evening road closures announced by the Town of Longboat Key.
(Normal hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., resume Saturday, Feb. 29.)