Date admitted: July 14, 2018
Stranding location: Trident Basin in Port Canaveral
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Gator was found emaciated and lethargic by researchers from UCF. His right flipper was swollen and there were barnacles growing on his carapace and plastron.
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 he’s parasite-free. He eats his bone infection medication in squid like a champ! He’s acting like a green sea turtle by laying on his lettuce mat to rest like he 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 his flipper. We’re treating both with oral medications. He’s eating well and starting to become more active.