- Release Date
- June 21, 2016
Sea Turtle Rehabiliation
Kreacher, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, was discovered floating off Clearwater Beach on Sunday May 8th, 2016. Rescuers noted moderate epibiota growth (barnacles, algae, etc.) on her carapace and her overall body condition was compromised. Kreacher was immediately taken to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and admitted into Sea Turtle Rehabilitation. During triage, or initial intake exam, she received a variety of vitamins, fluids, and antibiotics.
In the days following, Kreacher was X-rayed and CT-scanned to assess any internal abnormalities followed by a swim test in shallow water to observe general behavior. A coelomic tap procedure was conducted by CMA’s veterinarian to remove air trapped inside the body cavity (seen on the X-ray and CT) which was inhibiting her buoyancy and swimming behavior. Kreature’s GI tract was also compromised and was addressed in progressive steps. First she was prescribed intravenous total parenteral nutrition (TPN) given three times a day to ensure she was getting important amino acids, protein, lipids, etc. to restore her system. Once she was ready to take nutrition orally, she started on tube feedings which quickly progressed to eating on her own. Her favorite food is a tie between squid and jumbo shrimp, yum!
Kreacher was doing well in rehab and is ready to go home. Join us Tuesday June 21st at the Sandpearl Resort beach for a beach cleanup and a proper send off for Kreacher!
Watch the loggerhead sea turtle release video: