- Patient Status
- Released August 18, 2021
- Date Found
- August 1, 2021
- Belleair Beach; Pinellas County
- Reason for Rescue
- Stranded on Beach
- 22.63 kg (49.8 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 54.8 cm
- Exam Findings
- Neurological symptoms observed at intake; overall good body condition. No other external abnormalities.
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins, antibiotics & fluids.
Chandler is a subadult Kemp’s ridley who was found stranded on Belleair Beach on August 1, 2021. Upon rescue and intake, Chandler was showing neurological symptoms due to red tide exposure. Chandler’s intial treatment consisted of fluids and IV nutrition to aid in flushing out the toxins.
INTERESTING FACT: She is a part of our new naming theme: Sitcom Characters. Chandler is from Friends!
Chandler was swim tested for the first time. Her swimming was uncoordinated as she still has neurological symptoms. We will retry monitored swimming again over the next few days after more treatments.
Chandler went for a routine CT scan. No issues were seen!
She is able to be in deep water half of the day and neurological symptoms are gradually improving.
Chandler is able to be in deep water all day and overnight! She is resting on the bottom.
We are continuing to offer her food daily and monitoring her appetite.
Chandler was released at Fred Howard Park!
All marine turtle footage taken in Florida was obtained with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles. Footage was acquired while conducting authorized conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-19-172.