loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Stranding Location: RV Lady Lisa, SCDNR research vessel outside of Dewees Island

Arrival Date: 05/28/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 30.8 kg

Case History

Splinter was caught on board the SCDNR research vessel, the Lady Lisa right off of Dewees Inlet with what appeared to be a wooden splinter through the right rear flipper.

Treatment

Upon arrival, a physical exam was performed to better assess Splinter’s wound. The exam showed no active bleeding but there was severe inflammation to the stifle (knee). Blood work (PCV 21-24%, TS 2.6) was not ideal but stable. Antibiotics and localized pain meds were administered and Splinter was able to go directly into a tank.

Updates

29 May 2013: Surgery to remove the foreign body was successfully performed by our vet Dr. Boylan, with little to no bleeding! After taking a closer look, we believe the object is actually a bill from a swordfish! We are still trying to find out how this could have happened!

29 June 2013: Splinter is recovering well, and showing his feisty side! We are keeping a close eye on his healing wound and flushing it daily!

22 July 2013: Splinter’s wound has healed tremendously well, and is almost completely closed off! Due to the quick turnaround and excellent appetite, Splinter has been medically cleared for release!

Release Date

07/31/2013

Release Location

Isle of Palms County Park, SC