Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle (#18-2562)

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle (#18-2562)
Jun 29 2018

A second Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was admitted to the hospital in as many days. This turtle was rescued near South Seas Resort on Captiva and transported to CROW by Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF).

The turtle was reported to be having trouble swimming and noted to have appeared like it was choking by SCCF staff.

Status Updates

Intake Exam - Jun 29 2018 12:30 pm

Veterinarians immediately checked the turtle's throat for signs of something it may be choking on, but it was clear. Radiographs showed no signs of hooks or an object, however they did show terrible pneumonia. A sample of blood was taken for testing and the turtle was placed in an oxygen chamber.


Electrolyte Abnormalities - Jun 29 2018 5:49 pm

Bloodwork showed the turtle has severe electrolyte abnormalities which can be life threatening. The turtle became comatose shortly after admission. It was given intravenous fluid therapy and has become more responsive, but remains in a very critical condition.


Passed Away - Jun 30 2018 10:27 am

Sadly, the pneumonia and electrolyte abnormalities were too much for the young Kemp's ridley sea turtle to overcome. It passed away over the weekend.