Loggerhead Sea Turtle #18-2170

Loggerhead Sea Turtle #18-2170
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Jun 04 2018

Adult male loggerheads can reach about three feet in shell length and weigh about 250 pounds, but larger individuals of more than 1,000 pounds have been documented. From May to October, they arrive in Gulf waters to mate with nesting females.

This adult male was observed from the beach struggling in the water and rolling over onto its back. It was rescued by the SCCF Turtle Research team and transported to the CROW Clinic. 

Status Updates

Intake Exam - Jun 04 2018 2:15 pm

During the turtles intake exam, there were no apparent injuries. Veterinarians suspect the turtle is suffering from brevetoxicosis, or red tide poisoning. Blood samples were taken to confirm the diagnosis. The turtle weighed in at 107 kg (about 237 pounds)!

Shallow Freshwater - Jun 05 2018 2:02 pm

After being 'dry-docked' for the first 24 hours, the male loggerhead was placed in a shallow tank of freshwater. He began moving around as the water was filling.

Adjusting to Deeper Tank - Jun 11 2018 10:46 am

After spending 36 hours in freshwater, the turtle was transitioned to deeper, brackish water and the salinity was slowly increased to match the ocean. The turtle was reported to have had a successful bowel movement over the weekend, but has not had a strong appetite since arriving at the clinic.

Increase in Appetite - Jun 14 2018 1:38 pm

Rehabilitation staff has reported that the male loggerhead turtle began eating when offered food yesterday afternoon. Today, they say his appetite has increased even more.