Loggerhead Sea Turtle #18-0372

Loggerhead Sea Turtle #18-0372
Feb 26 2018Apr 17 2018

During the summer months many loggerhead sea turtles come ashore on Sanibel and Captiva to lay their eggs. Adults can weigh well over 200 pounds.

This loggerhead sea turtle was found floating and very debilitated. When it arrived it had large amounts of epibiota (barnacles, algae and other small organisms) on its shell.

Status Updates

Diagnostics - Feb 27 2018 10:30 am

A diagnostic exam was given to the turtle this morning to help determine the cause for its debilitated state. Blood samples were taken to send out for testing for brevitoxicosis, or red tide poisoning. Results can take up to three weeks to be returned.

Fluid Therapy - Feb 28 2018 9:45 am

The loggerhead was administered fluids this morning by the veterinary team. After it received fluids, the tank was filled with fresh water which will help to rid the turtle's shell of the epibiota. Once the tank was filled, the turtle began swimming around and was offered squid and fish which it readily devoured.

Weekend Update - Mar 05 2018 10:55 am

Over the weekend, the loggerhead turtle has continued to have a great appetite. It is swimming and submerging in the tank.

Dewormed - Mar 12 2018 1:43 pm

Over the weekend, the loggerhead continues to eat well and make regular bowel movements. It was also dewormed over the weekend.

Test Results - Mar 19 2018 2:48 pm

Test results for brevitoxicosis, or red tide, which came back last week showed the loggerhead turtle had very high levels of the toxin in its body. It continues to do well in rehab and veterinarians are waiting for its iron levels to return within normal limits before release is considered.

Tagged - Apr 10 2018 4:52 pm

The loggerhead was tagged recently with flipper tags and a passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag. It's release back to the ocean is pending the results of final blood sample tests.

Final Weigh-In - Apr 12 2018 1:42 pm

The turtle was weighed this morning as part of its assessment for release. It has received a clean bill of health and is cleared for release pending approval of a time and location.

Released! - Apr 17 2018 9:30 am

The female loggerhead was released this morning at the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach.