Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Stranding Location: Lighthouse Island, Cape Romain

Arrival Date: 06/11/2006

Age: subadult (teenager)

Weight: 35.5 kg (78 lbs)

Case History

Lighthouse is suffering from classic signs of Debilitated Turtle Syndrome: anemia, dehydration, emaciation, heavy loads of internal and external parasites. The turtle is lethargic but alert and the prognosis is good.

Treatment

Blood was taken for complete blood chemistries and cultures. Staff administered injectable antibiotics, iron, vitamin B.

Updates

Lighthouse ate a small amount of fish just one day after being admitted into the Turtle Hospital. This is rare and very exciting!

Release Date

05/19/2007

Release Location

Isle of Palms, SC