- Patient Status
- Released on May 14, 2019
- Date Found
- January 29, 2019
- Indian Rocks Beach
- Reason for Rescue
- Found floating
- 93.3 kg (205.3 lbs)
- SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH)
- 92.7 cm
- EXAM FINDINGS
- Lethargic and thin. Heavily covered in epibiota (algae and barnacles). Old, healed wound on head.
- INITIAL TREATMENT
- Received fluids and vitamins.
Kirby is an adult, male loggerhead who was found floating inshore near Indian Rocks Beach on January 29, 2019. Upon intake, he was lethargic and heavily covered in algae and barnacles. There is an old, healed T-shaped wound on Kirby’s head. His treatment plan consists of fluids, vitamins, antibiotics, and monitoring body temperature.
Read more about Kirby’s rescue.
- Interesting Fact
- Larger than our last adult loggerhead, Bowser!
- Naming Theme
Bloodwork sent out to the lab
Ate all of the sample diet that was offered! Continuing to do glucose checks twice a day and giving fluids if needed.
Appetite is great, increasing diet. Showing lots of signs of improvement.
Improving. Moved to a larger pool!
Gaining weight, active, and overall improving.
Removed small pap tumor with CO2 laser. Continuing to improve and gain weight. Very active!
At exam this week, weight is at 101 kg (222 pounds)
Has been cleared for release by our veterinary staff and FWC!
Satellite tagged and released on Clearwater Beach!
Watch Kirby’s journey via his satellite tracker.
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-18-172.