Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Live Oak Landing in Edisto Beach State Park
Arrival Date: 7/18/2017
Weight: 15.7 kg (34.6 pounds)
This endangered Kemp’s ridley was found offshore near Edisto Island on Tuesday afternoon. The boaters recognized that the turtle was in need of help after seeing it floating at the surface with what appeared to be injuries to her shell. After carefully bringing the turtle on board, it was evident that she was in need of medical attention. south Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) was contacted and arrangements were made to transport the turtle to the Sea Turtle Care Center (STCC). Thanks to volunteer transporter Brad Drawdy and SCDNR employee Kacie Ferguson, Coral quickly made it to the aquarium.
Coral was met after business hours by Dr. Shane Boylan and STCC staff who quickly got to work triaging this injured turtle. The wound was flushed and silver collosate applied before radiographs were taken to determine the severity of the boat strike. Blood was taken and evaluated then vitamins and antibiotics administered. After looking at the radiographs, Dr. Shane determined that further diagnostics were needed to determine if the stomach or gastrointestinal tract were damaged. Coral was added to the list of patients to go offsite to Charleston Veterinary Referral Center to receive a CT scan later that week. After the initial triage was completed, Coral was placed in a tub with foam and saltwater to rest comfortable overnight.
July 21, 2017: Coral will be receiving a CT scan later today to further assess the severity of her boat strike injury. Stay tuned for the results.
August 1, 2017: STCC staff is happy to report that the CT results did not show a perforation of the stomach. This is great news, especially given the location of the boat strike injury and its close proximity to the GI tract. Last week, Coral was moved to her new home up in Recovery! She is being kept in shallow, low salinity water to heal. We will continue to be closely monitoring her with routine physical exams, radiographs and antibiotic injections.