- Patient Status
- Released August 19, 2020
- Date Found
- April 26, 2020
- St. Pete Beach; Pinellas County
- Reason for Rescue
- Stranded on beach, lethargic
- 98.9 kg (217.6 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 94.0 cm
- Exam Findings
- Alert but very lethargic
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins and fluids
Luna is an adult, female loggerhead who was found washed ashore on St. Pete Beach in Pinellas County on April 26. She was very lethargic and was covered with a moderate amount of epibiota. Since nesting season in Pinellas County for loggerheads typically starts in May, an ultrasound was performed to make sure Luna was not a nesting female or carrying eggs. No eggs were seen. Luna’s initial treatment consists of vitamin injections and fluids.
Luna was placed in one of our shallow ICU pools. She will start on a diet tomorrow after eating a sample diet!
Luna is still considered in critical condition. We are monitoring her swim time. She is still very lethargic.
Luna is eating well on her own. Her diet will be increased!
We are gradually increasing her water level in her ICU pool and monitoring. She was started on oral medications.
Luna is showing more activity in water and is continuing to eat well.
Luna was moved to one of our deeper pools, T1. We are slowly increasing her water level and monitoring. She is continuing to eat well!
Luna has gained around 16 lbs! Fun Fact: She is now eating around 6 lbs of food a day!
Luna is able to be in her pool at full water level all day and overnight! This is very encouraging for her rehab progress!
Luna has gained 16 more lbs! She is doing very well! She is still on oral medications.
Luna was taken off of oral medications and is continuing to improve!
Luna has received a clean bill of health from our veterinarian and has been cleared for release by FWC!
Luna was released at Clearwater Beach!
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