Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Dennis, MA
Arrival Date: 12/11/2018
Weight: 19.6 kg (43.12 lbs)
Dumbledore stranded in Massachusetts as a cold stun. He washed up in Dennis, Massachusetts and rescuers took him to the New England Aquarium (NEAq) for triage and treatment. His body temperature was about 45°F when he arrived. Technicians at the NEAq drew blood, administered fluids and antibiotics and slowly warmed up his body temperature until he could be placed in a tank. A week later, he was prepped for transport to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center. Chuck Yanke and Mike Lalley from the volunteer organization Turtles Fly Too, volunteered to fly Dumbledore and four other loggerhead sea turtles to South Carolina. Dumbledore was in stable condition when he arrived.
When Dumbledore was brought into the Sea Turtle Care Center he was quickly looked over by our veterinary team. We weighed him, checked his eyes, and gave him a full physical exam. Afterwards, Dumbledore was placed back in his box to warm up a few degrees before he moved into a tank. Overall, Dumbledore was in great condition! He has been prescribed antibiotics to ward off any long-term infection from the cold stunning event.
December 15th, 2018: Dumbledore has adjusted to his new environment well. He began eating right away. We had to warm him up a bit before we could place him into his tank because the difference between the tank water and his body temperature was greater than 5°F. It can cause the animal to go into shock if the temperature difference is too great. Dumbledore warmed up in no time and has been doing well ever since. He shares his tank with another cold stun from NEAq, Severus Snape. These two are divided so there is no chance of aggression and biting between them.