Date admitted: May 11, 2018
Stranding location: Sebastian Inlet
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Archie is a turtle we previously rehabilitated for a boat strike and FP and released in January 2017! As excited as we are to see her, it’s not good she’s back in rehab, this time due to a buoyancy issue.
November 15, 2018: Ms. Archie is now in a deeper pool to work on her buoyancy. This turtle received an amazing new enrichment device to help her with this issue that includes weighted shelves for her to wedge under.
November 9, 2018: So far, Ms. Archie seems to be up for the challenge of the deeper tank as she scoots along the bottom for her food.
November 5, 2018: Ms. Archie is getting in a deeper tank next week to see if she can work out her buoyancy issues.
October 29, 2018: Ms. Archie continues to make great progress despite her floating challenges. Her osteomyelitis is still on the mend. Healing from this bone infection is a very slow process, but she is up to the challenge. Ms. Archie loves her tripod scratching post and is working out her buoyancy issues by trying to get under the PVC enrichment in her tank, which allows her to gain strength to stay under the water longer.
October 19, 2018: This rotund turtle continues to make great progress despite her floating challenges. Ms. Archie’s osteomyelitis is still healing and continues to be FP free. Vet staff would like to see her bone issues resolve before taking the next step.
October 5, 2018: Ms. Archie’s vet staff determined no growths needed to be removed during her full checkup. Since altering her diet, the turtle’s bloat has reduced some. The osteomyelitis bone infection in her flipper is healing well.
September 15, 2018: Ms. Archie’s osteomyelitis bone infection is slowing improving. Unfortunately, she has developed a small FP tumor growth that will need to be removed. Archie will be given a full checkup by veterinary staff this week.
August 25, 2018: Ms. Archie’s osteomyelitis bone infection continues to improve.
August 10, 2018: Ms. Archie continues on the path to recovery with the osteomyelitis bone infection in her flipper. We rechecked her blood this week and X-rays of her flipper show some improvement.
July 30, 2018: We conducted X-rays to monitor the infection in Archie’s front left flipper and it’s on the path to healing!
July 23, 2018: The bone infection in Archie’s left front flipper is being treating with a medication and since we know Archie eats everything in sight, she has no problem taking it!
July 15, 2018: Archie continues to have buoyancy issues and we’ve unfortunately discovered a bone infection in her left front flipper. She’s taking an oral antibiotic to treat it.
July 9, 2018: We’re sad to say Archie’s buoyancy issues have returned and she’s spending a lot of time at the surface of her tank. She can dive for food, but pops right back up after taking a bite.
July 2, 2018: Archie is doing well and we’re still communicating with FWC to determine whether or not she will be releasable.
June 20, 2018: Ms. Archie is not floating anymore! She’s still receiving medicine for her GI issues but no longer has to take her antibiotic injection.
June 9, 2018: Archie is still buoyant but is able to swim around the water column a bit easier. She is on a couple different medications to help treat the buoyancy issue. She absolutely loves playing with her PVC itch-toy—she scratches her carapace on it so vigorously, two of them have already broken! We have also caught her climbing on top of the toys just like our little turtles do.
May 26, 2018: The buoyancy issue hasn’t resolved so we are starting Ms. Archie on a few different GI medications. If those don’t work, we’ll take her for a CT scan. We’re encouraging her to dive by leaving PVC toys at the bottom of her tank.
May 19, 2018: Ms. Archie is doing okay; she is still floating in water and radiographs show her GI tract is full of air. We’ve started giving her anti-gas medication and hope to see improvement soon. She’s eating well and passing fecal so those are good signs!
May 12, 2018: Archie originally came to us in May 2016 and we released her in January 2017 after healing from a boat strike wound and FP surgery. Her main issue is buoyancy. She was found near the location we released her but was unable to dive. If the buoyancy issue does not resolve this time, it could end up making her a non-releasable turtle.