Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Admit: April 4, 2017
Stranding Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC
Weight: 5.70 pounds
Gill was found stranded on North Myrtle Beach by a morning beach walker. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) was alerted and volunteer transporter, Linda Mataya, braved the morning traffic and brought this little green to the Sea Turtle Care Center (STCC) for treatment. Gill arrived lethargic, thin and covered in barnacles, bryozoans and algae. Gill was most likely cold-stunned sometime in mid- March, but did not strand until s/he became debilitated. Gill’s debilitated state coupled with this week’s strong storms facilitated him/her washing high up into the sand dunes.
Upon admit, Gill was very lethargic, but responded to touch and had both a normal heart and respiration rate. Gill received a physical exam, bloodwork and a radiograph. Bloodwork results indicated that Gill was severely dehydrated and had a very low glucose (blood sugar) level. Gill’s eyes had copious amounts of sand in them and were flushed thoroughly; thankfully, no corneal abrasions were present. Gill was started on a course of antibiotics and received subcutaneous (under the skin) fluids with some vitamins throughout the course of the day. Gill was left in our medical facility in a “water bed” comprised of shallow freshwater and lots of foam padding overnight.
April 6, 2017: Gill was moved into the Sea Turtle Hospital and placed in a tank with very shallow water. Gill is alert but quiet, and is very comfortable in the shallow water. We are monitoring Gill closely. Gill will receive an antibiotic injection bi-weekly along with a physical exam.