Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys Kempii)
Stranding Location: Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Arrival Date: July 25, 2022
Weight: 2.3 kg (5 lbs)
Celeste was caught on hook and line off of Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources permit holder, Chuck Beam, was contacted to transport this little Kemp’s to the Sea Turtle Care Center for hook removal.
Upon admit, Celeste was alert but quiet. The hook was located in the mouth, and after a quick exam by Dr. Jamie, it appeared to be through their tongue. Admitting staff obtained a weight, blood sample and x-rays to confirm that there was not a second hook. (We’ve had some surprises in the past!) After blood was processed and their blood chemistries were deemed stable, Celeste was sedated so that the hook removal process could begin. After carefully cutting the barb and manipulating the hook, it was removed in under 10 minutes! We love it when a hook’s location is favorable for a quick removal! Celeste received fluids with vitamins, because their bloodwork indicated that they were dehydrated. They were also started on antibiotics to help prevent any infection from the hook. Celeste received medication to reverse the sedation; within an hour they were alert, responsive and very active in their foam-padded recovery bin. Celeste was then moved into a tank in the basement portion of the Care Center and was closely monitored by staff for the remainder of the day.
July 26, 2022: The following day, Celeste was very bright and zipping around their tank. Dr. Jamie did another quick exam of their tongue, and while there was some slight swelling, everything looked great! Celeste received fluids and will be fasted for the next several days to allow time for their tongue to heal. We will begin offering food to them in a few days and will give them fluid therapy on the days they get their antibiotic injections.