- Patient Status
- Date Found
- July 08, 2022
- Sand Key; Pinellas County
- Reason for Rescue
- Floating and lethargic
- 2.57 kg (5.66 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 28.4 cm
- Exam Findings
- Lethargic, good body condition, mild amount of epibiota, injury to head and carapace.
- Initial Treatment
- Vitamin injections, antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory, and fluids
Wasabi is a juvenile green sea turtle who was found floating near Sand Key on July 8th. Wasabi has injuries to his head and carapace most likely from a boat. It is important as a boater to always obey boating laws and regulations and to watch out for marine life! Wasabi’s initial treatment consists of vitamin injections, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication, and fluids.
INTERESTING FACT: Wasabi received their name by inspiration of Japanese horseradish, also known as Wasabi – a pungent condiment for sushi and other foods!
Wasabi was swim tested for the first time. Neurologic behaviors were observed most likely related to the head injury. Due to the behaviors, Wasabi was pulled from water, and we will retry swimming another day.
Wasabi is improving in water! The neurologic behaviors are not as obvious but still minorly visible. His prognosis is still guarded at this time.
Wasabi went for a CT scan. The injury did not penetrate too deep into head. We will continue to monitor for neurologic behaviors as the impact could have still caused brain damage. Wasabi is starting to show interest in food and able to be in the kiddie pool all day!
Wasabi is continuing to eat well!
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-21/22-172A.