Patient Status: Released on October 18, 2018.
Date Found: June 13, 2018.
Location Found: Saint John’s Sound.
Reason for Rescue: Found floating and swimming sideways.
WEIGHT: 75.8 kg (167.1 lbs).
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 83.5 cm.
EXAM FINDINGS: Quiet but alert; barnacles on tongue; breathing was clear and he was lifting his head. Red algae and some barnacles found on his back. Swim test revealed side swimming.
INITIAL TREATMENT: Received fluids and vitamins.
Bowser was found floating and swimming sideways around St. John’s Sound, between Honeymoon Island State Park and Fred Howard Park on June 13, 2018. This was most likely due to gastrointestinal gas.
FUN FACT: Our biggest current rehab patient! Bowser was formerly named Euchre.
NAMING THEME: Games.
6/21/18 – Fluids were discontinued.
7/2/18 – Diet increased.
7/5/18 – Intermittent buoyancy but it switches sides.
7/7/18 – Medication continued and vitamins added to diet.
7/19/18 – Lots of weight gain! Improving buoyancy.
7/21/18 – Diet increased.
7/24/18 – Beginning to deworm.
8/2/18 – Stable weight gain, doing well.
8/31/18 – Began antibiotics.
9/13/18 – Improving and gaining weight. Discontinued antibiotics.
10/18/18 – Satellite tagged and released! See Bowser’s satellite track!
All marine turtle footage taken in Florida was obtained with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles. Footage was acquired while conducting authorized conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-18-172.