- Patient Status
- Released on July 2, 2020
- Date Found
- June 16, 2020
- Cedar Key; Levy County
- Reason for Rescue
- Caught by fisherman; hook ingestion
- 3.3 kg (7.3 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 28.8 cm
- Exam Findings
- Good body condition, alert & responsive; “J” hook visible in esophagus after radiographs were performed
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins, fluids and anti-inflammatory medications
Isurus is a juvenile, Kemp’s ridley, from the Cedar Key area, who was accidentally caught by a fisherman and ingested a fish hook. Upon intake, the hook was not visible in the mouth by veterinary staff. After radiographs were performed, the hook was found deep in the esophagus. The hook was successfully removed by performing an endoscopy and without the need for surgery! We are hopeful for a quick recovery!
Interesting Fact: Isurus is named after a genus of sharks! More commonly known as ‘mako sharks’.
Isurus is recovering well after surgery and spent half of the day in water! He is doing well!
He ate for the first time. We are continuing to do glucose checks and are giving him fluids as needed.
Isurus was started on a diet and is eating well!
Isurus was released at Cedar Key!
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