Patient Status: Released May 18, 2017
Date Found: December 10, 2016
Location Found: Eastham, Barnstable County, MA
Reason for Rescue: Cold stun
WEIGHT: 43.5 kg
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 68.3 cm
EXAM FINDINGS: Quiet but responsive, mild superficial abrasions on plastron, flakey scutes, wound noted in mandible (jaw)
INITIAL TREATMENT: Received vitamins, antibiotics followed by fluids
In early December 2016, a mass cold stun event occurred off the coast of Massachusetts, and many Loggerhead and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were rescued by the New England Aquarium. In order to continue to triage the incoming turtles, many were transferred to other facilities to continue their rehabilitation, including Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Three loggerhead turtles were flown to Florida on a private jet.
Alvin was one of 3 Loggerhead sea turtles, along with Simon and Theodore. Upon admission and initial triage, Alvin is also being treated for a wound that is running from the inside of her mouth through her lower jaw, likely from a fishing hook.
During extreme cold weather, it is important to monitor the shorelines for any turtles that appear lethargic.
FUN FACT: True to his character’s name, Alvin is the most spirited turtle of the three!
12/21/16: Arrived at Clearwater Marine Aquarium via airplane
12/22/16: Tested to check swimming ability
12/27/16: Health has improved from initial intake. Cold laser treatment introduced to help advance the healing of the injury on his lower mandible (jaw).
1/8/17: Another health milestone! Diet is slowly being increased
1/9/17: Still receiving cold laser therapy to aid the healing of a wound in his lower mandible (jaw)
5/18/17: Following a successful stay in rehab, Alvin was released along the Canaveral National Seashore after 159 days in rehab.