Since January 3, we have had over 70 live sea turtle intakes from Pinellas and the surrounding counties due to cold weather effects. In most of the cases, these sea turtles were already compromised with viruses, boat strikes and buoyancy issues. Low water temperatures and high winds can cause already sick sea turtles to become even more lethargic, and many have been found floating causing this influx of intakes to our facility.
10 of the 12 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles transported to CMA from New England last month were released at Canaveral National Seashore.
On January 10, 2017, a small juvenile green turtle was found floating along the shore of the Chassahowitzka River in Citrus County, Florida. The turtle was brought to CMA by the FWC, and the turtle was triaged. A CT scan indicated the turtle had moderate ingesta in its gastrointestinal tract, and gas
Theodore was one of the 3 loggerheads, along with Alvin and Simon. Upon admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Theodore was triaged and treated for cold-stun, given vitamins, antibiotic injections, hydration fluids, and cold laser therapy to treat a healing wound to the top of the head.
Upon admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Simon was triaged and treated for cold-stun, given vitamins, antibiotic injections, and hydration fluids. Although we can’t prevent cold stunning from occurring, we can keep our eyes out on the shorelines during cold weather for any turtles acting lethargically.
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. Clearwater Marine Aquarium offered to help New England Aquarium care for the turtles if they ran out of space. So, 3 loggerhead turtles were flown down to Florida via private jet. Alvin was one of the 3 loggerheads.