Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Admit: April 6, 2017
Stranding Location: Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Weight: 6.30 lbs
Deb was found floating in a tidal creek on Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge by U.S Fish and Wildlife Biologist Ford Mauney. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources research assistants Michael Collins, Tyler Harrell and Emma Shultz safely transported this green to our Sea Turtle Care Center. Deb arrived in a good body condition and had a small amount of epibionts growing on his/her carapace (top shell).
Deb received a thorough physical exam, a blood draw and radiographs from our admitting vet staff team. Though bloodwork results were within a normal range and Deb appeared alert and responsive, radiographs revealed a significant amount of gas present in the gastrointestinal tract. Deb was an otherwise healthy patient, so our team was concerned there might be an impaction, or blockage, caused by a foreign object such as plastic or other marine debris. Deb received fluids and vitamins for re-hydration and was started on a course of antibiotics. Deb was moved down to the Sea Turtle Hospital and placed in a tub with shallow water.
April 10, 2017: Two days after admit, our staff’s suspicions were proven true as a small piece of tarp material was defecated and found in her tub. Deb’s floating has decreased since then and her diet is being slowly increased. We are still looking out for more plastic that may be passed in the next few weeks.