Date admitted: July 14, 2018
Stranding location: Trident Basin in Port Canaveral
Admission notes: Gator was found emaciated and lethargic by researchers from UCF. Their right flipper was swollen and there were barnacles growing on the turtle’s carapace and plastron.
November 5, 2018: Yippee! Gator has been released back to the Trident Basin!
October 29, 2018: Gator is on the last leg of their rehabilitation journey! The turtle got the “OK” to be released from Dr. Zachariah and will be returning home to the trident basin soon. This release will be non-public.
October 19, 2018: Gator is a great patient and has finished all treatments! This means the turtle is one step closer to release. Gator really enjoys getting under their lettuce mat for a good shell scratch.
October 5, 2018: Gator is off their medication and will be monitored for a few more weeks. This little turtle loves swimming against the current in his large tank.
September 15, 2018: Gator is a fantastic eater. This turtle was moved to a larger tank on September 10 and is loving the additional space. We are seeing improvement of the osteomyelitis bone infection. Gator will have a blood recheck this week.
August 25, 2018: Gator is looking good with bloodwork and osteomyelitis. We will continue treatment and recheck in a few weeks.
August 10, 2018: Gator is Caryospora-free! We continue to treat this little guy’s osteomyelitis bone infection in his flipper. He eats well and likes to play in his “waterfall.”
July 30, 2018: Gator has now had two clear fecal exams! Only one to go to determine they are parasite-free. The turtle eats their bone infection medication in squid like a champ! The little guy is acting like a green sea turtle by laying on their lettuce mat to rest like they would in a sea grass bed in the wild.
July 23, 2018: We’ve found out Gator has Caryospora parasites and osteomyelitis, a bone infection in their flipper. We’re treating both with oral medications. The turtle is eating well and starting to become more active.