- Patient Status
- Released on July 1, 2020
- Date Found
- March 26, 2020
- Near Indian Shores Beach; Pinellas County.
- Reason for Rescue
- Found Floating Sideways and Lethargic.
- 31.96 kg (70.3 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 65.0 cm
- Exam Findings
- Very lethargic and underweight. Large amount of epibiota on carapace (shell).
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamin injections, fluids and antibiotics.
Cara is a sub-adult loggerhead who was found floating sideways by a boater near Indian Shores Beach. Upon intake, she was very lethargic and underweight. There is a large amount of epibiota (barnacles and algae) covering her carapace (shell). X-rays revealed a large amount of GI gas which could be the cause of her buoyancy. Cara’s initial treatment consists of vitamins, fluids and antibiotics.
Cara’s first swim test revealed she does favor one side when swimming. She was offered squid today and ate it all very quickly!
She officially started on a diet. We are continuing to do glucose checks and giving fluids as needed.
Cara was started on oral medication.
Cara is continuing to improve and she is gaining weight!
She was cleared to be moved to one of our deeper pools! She is continuing to improve and is eating well! We are monitoring her buoyancy and her deep water swim time.
Cara’s buoyancy has resolved and she is resting on the bottom! She was taken off of oral medication.
Cara was placed back on oral medication. We are monitoring her appetite. She likes to stay under the shade cover where the majority of sunlight hits her pool.
Cara’s appetite has improved and she is eating well.
Cara will be taken off of medications.
Cara was released at Clearwater Beach!
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