Juvenile, Kemp’s ridley
Patient Status: Released on January 4, 2017
Date Found: September 25, 2016
Location Found: Chassahowitzka River, Citrus County, FL
Reason for Rescue: :Entangled in crab trap causing deep lacerations
WEIGHT: 12.82 kg
SCL: 44.6 cm (Straight Carapace Length)
EXAM FINDINGS: Healing lacerations found on left front flipper and across dorsal side of neck. Top right section of jaw missing but healed.
INITIAL TREATMENT: Received vitamins, antibiotics, and fluids
A local fisherman found Iris, a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, on September 25, 2016, entangled in a crab trap in Chassahowitzka River, Citrus County, FL. Damage from the crab trap entanglement involved Iris’ left front flipper, creating a deep laceration and causing the flipper to swell. Additionally, the entanglement caused a laceration on the dorsal side of her neck.
Iris received daily cold laser therapy on her wounds to promote increased healing time while at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Iris was cleared for release on Jan. 2, 2017, and released two days later on Jan. 4 at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, FL.
Unfortunately, crab traps can attract unintended species, such as sea turtles. Entanglements in these devices can cause the turtle distress, and in some cases even cause the loss of limbs or death.
Iris is named after the Greek Goddess of the rainbow
9/26/16: initial assessment is good, aside from entanglement challenges
9/28/16: Cold laser treatment to affected wound areas to assist in promoting healing begins
10/3/16: Tested to check swimming ability – went well!
12/12/16: Wounds almost healed!
1/2/17: Cleared for release!
1/3/17: Received metal flipper tags and PIT tag in right front flipper for identification
1/4/17: Iris was released after 101 days in Clearwater Marine Aquarium rehabilitation facility!