Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Ocracoke Island, NC
Arrival Date: 02/11/2010
Weight: ~ 65 lbs.
NC experienced another sea turtle cold-stunning event during the weekend of February 6-8. Unfortunately, many of the animals died as a result. This loggerhead is one of 20 lucky sea turtles to make it to the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for initial treatment from Jean and her crew. “Ocracoke” was then transported to the South Carolina Aquarium to continue treatment until s/he is ready for release. The internal body temperature of this animal upon stranding was 51 degrees F.
Initial treatments include fluids, anitbiotics and radiographs. Radiograph results: one lung suggests there may be some mild inflammation present. There have been no clinical signs (chuffing, dyspnea) to suggest clinical pneumonia although notes from NC suggested both animals made a few worrisome noises when they stranded. We added an antibiotic (amikacin) to their therapy of ceftazidime last week in expectation of some complications. Not nearly the appetite of “Beasley” but eating small amounts and live crabs if they are held in place for her/him.
Isle of Palms County Park, SC