Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Jarvis Creek near Hilton Head Island, SC
Arrival Date: March 8, 2017
Weight: 6.4 lbs
Similar to our last two admits this year, Crush was also found floating at the surface of the water and unable to dive. Michael Collins, Sea Turtle Technician for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, safely transported this little green to us for treatment! Crush had a heavy epibiota load of sea squirts and barnacles on his/her carapace (top shell). Though Crush’s body temperature was normal, Crush was affected by the cold weather and colder water temperatures we have experienced off of SC’s coast the past few weeks.
At admit, Crush received a physical exam, radiographs and a blood draw. Bloodwork results indicated that Crush was very dehydrated and needed subcutaneous (under the skin) fluids and vitamins for rehydration. Crush was also started on a course of antibiotics to prevent any secondary infections as a result of a lowered immune system from cold-stunning. Radiographs also showed a humeral fracture to the left front flipper as well as a significant amount of gas present in the gastrointestinal tract. After triage, Crush was left in a waterbed with a small amount of water and lots of foam and closely monitored overnight.
March 15, 2017: Crush has been placed in tank with very shallow water and is floating with the left side of the body up – this is due the gas in the GI tract. Our staff has been administering fluids to help with hydration and s/he is receiving radiographs and antibiotic injections biweekly. We are reintroducing greens this week as well.