Tucker B.

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded May 22, 2016
Location of Stranding Boca Grande, Charlotte County
Date of Arrival May 22, 2016
Number of Days of Care 117 days

Final Disposition

Released

Tucker B.

05/22/2016   Animal stranded in Boca Grande and was transported to Mote.  There are some minor, old wounds on head and carapace.  Animal is covered in epibiota (barnacles and algae) and is very lethargic.  Will give subcutaneous fluids daily until eating.  

05/23/2016  "Tucker B" does have some interest in eating and is taking and mashing capelin, shrimp, and squid.  Ran lab work today and started animal on injectable antibiotics and calcium supplementation.  Will keep water level low until animal is more active.

05/29/2016  Tucker is not currently eating so continuing fluid therapy and force fed a few fish today

05/31/2016  Tucker started eating on his own!

06/23/2016   Tucker B. continues to improve and is foraging for all food offered.  Water level was raised to full.  Blood work is improved so antibiotics were discontinued.  

09/02/2016  Tucker B. is steadily increasing in weight.  Was given a dewormer to treat any problematic parasites.  Will recheck blood in two weeks and hopefully medically clear for release.

09/16/2016  Tucker B. was released at Lido Beach by Mote staff and interns!  There was quite a crowd to see him/her go including the man who originally found him!

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