Juvenile, Kemp’s Ridley
Patient Status: Released on July 12, 2017.
Date Found: April 19, 2017
Location Found: Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, FL
Reason for Rescue: Found washed up, lethargic, and emaciated
WEIGHT: 1.0 kg
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 20.0 cm
EXAM FINDINGS: Quiet but alert; slightly thin with a few bruises.
INITIAL TREATMENT: Received vitamins, antibiotics, and fluids
Pop is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that was found washed ashore at Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County on April 19, 2017. The turtle was found in a weakened, lethargic, slightly emaciated state and was brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for triage and rehabilitation.
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NAMING THEME: Cereal
4/20/17: Started on a daily regimen of antibiotics, fluids, and glucose checks; gradually increasing swim time.
5/4/17: Started on solid food diet. Discontinue glucose checks and fluids; starting daily oral medications.
6/29/17: Pop has been cleared for release!
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-17-172.