Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Dewee’s Island, SC
Arrival Date: 6/13/2020
Weight: 5.9 (lb)
Wando was found in the intracoastal by the Eco Island Barrier Tour group, floating and unable to dive. SCDNR permit holders, Barb Gobien and Mary Pringle, were able to quickly respond to the scene and transport the turtle to the STCC for further diagnosis and treatment. The turtle was in decent body condition and the bloodwork was not terrible. Wando’s blood sugar was slightly low, which was corrected with fluids. The radiographs and CT scan revealed some gas in the GI tract, as well as possible free-floating air in the coelomic cavity.
Wando was started on antibiotics, and given fluids and vitamins before being moved to a shallow tank.
June 15, 2020: As expected, Wando was buoyant in the tank, and will therefore be started in shallow water until some of the gas makes it way out. The turtle has begun defecating small amounts and eating a few pieces of fish every day. Recently we administered a capsule of BIP’s (Barium Impregnated Polyethylene Spheres) in his fish. These small radiopaque beads will be able to be followed through the digestive tract with a series of radiographs, to look for any potential blockages. Send good vibes Wando’s way!
July 15, 2020: Wando’s condition has really improved since his last update! Wando started to pass a lot of the gas, grass fecal and two pieces of hard plastic that were likely causing all of his issues. Since then, he has been able to rest on the bottom of his tank normally, and we haven’t seen any bouyancy issues. We have been able to increase his water depth to a full tank over the last month and he has finished up his antibiotics. Way to go, Wando!
August 15, 2020: Wando recently got a CT scan to see how he was looking internally since his admit. Wando has not had any issues with buoyancy in quite awhile, and the CT scan showed us that he is looking great internally! There is no more gas in there to cause him to get all floaty again. Fingers crossed Wando can be evaluated for release soon!