Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle #18-3768
A second juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle was admitted from the Fort Myers Beach area on Sunday, September 23. This one was found floating under the Big Carlos Pass bridge, not far from the area the first turtle was rescued. It also showed signs of lethargy and respiratory distress, but no apparent injuries to its shell or flippers, likely another red tide case. It was transported to the CROW Clinic by Turtle Time volunteers.
Initial Treatments - Sep 23 2018 8:00 pm
The little Kemp's ridley received its intake exam in which veterinarians took radiographs and blood samples to help determine a treatment plan. Bloodwork showed the turtle was mildly anemic. It was given iron and B12 injectibles to help with the anemia. It was also provided with antibiotics, fluid therapy and a novel treatment for red tide poisoning.
Moved to Shallow Tank - Sep 24 2018 4:32 pm
The turtle spent its first 24 hours at the clinic "dry docked" while it received treatment for brevetoxicosis. This morning it showed signs of improvement and is brighter and stronger using all 4 flippers to move around in the dry-dock area. The turtle was moved to a shallow freshwater tank this afternoon and will be transitioned to saltwater in the next few days. The tank will be made deeper as the turtle's neurological signs continue to improve.
Eating on its own - Oct 03 2018 12:29 pm
Since Saturday (9/29), the young Kemp's ridley turtle has been eating well on its own. It seems to favor the squid heads, but will occasionally eat a body as well. Rehabilitation staff noted that it is gaining weight, but is still too thin. They provided some environmental enrichment today by attaching greenery to a mat that was placed at the bottom of the tank.
Swimming normally - Oct 08 2018 3:00 pm
Rehabilitation staff have noted that the young turtle is swimming normally in its tank and that they have not noticed any floating or neurologic abnormalities for a few days. It also continues to have a strong appetite.
Cleared for Release - Oct 09 2018 9:15 am
The turtle has been medically cleared for release and approved by state officials. It was tagged using a passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag. It is too small to receive flipper tags.
Released! - Oct 10 2018 11:15 am
The juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle, along with another juvenile Kemp's ridley, was released this morning to the area south of Marco Island.