Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Lighthouse Island, Cape Romain
Arrival Date: 06/11/2006
Age: subadult (teenager)
Weight: 35.5 kg (78 lbs)
Lighthouse is suffering from classic signs of Debilitated Turtle Syndrome: anemia, dehydration, emaciation, heavy loads of internal and external parasites. The turtle is lethargic but alert and the prognosis is good.
Blood was taken for complete blood chemistries and cultures. Staff administered injectable antibiotics, iron, vitamin B.
Lighthouse ate a small amount of fish just one day after being admitted into the Turtle Hospital. This is rare and very exciting!
Isle of Palms, SC