Name: Rocky Road
Date admitted: July 15, 2018
Stranding location: Trident Basin in Port Canaveral
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Rocky Road was found emaciated, lethargic and covered with algae by a group of researchers from UCF. He has a buoyancy issue and we also noticed an old, healed injury to his carapace and broken plastron bones on his right side.
September 15, 2018: Rocky Road has been cleared of septic blood infection and was taken off all medication at the end of August. This turtle will have a blood recheck this week. We hope for an all-clear for release soon.
August 25, 2018: Rocky Road is progressing well. We are waiting results for his third blood culture. Bloodwork is progressing in the right direction.
August 10, 2018: Rocky Road’s blood infection recheck revealed a different bacteria. We are waiting on further results to potentially change our current course of treatment. Nobody told this turtle that he has and infection. He eats, swims and poops like a little green sea turtle should!
July 30, 2018: We’re relieved to have caught Rocky’s blood infection early so the medication is helping him to recover. He’s very playful in his tank and swims underneath the waterfall constantly. He’s also very itchy and scratches against the PVC toys in his tank.
July 23, 2018: Rocky Road has a blood infection but is responding well to medication. The buoyancy issue has resolved and he’s content exploring his tank and the PVC enrichment toys. He seems to be a picky eater—only eating the green parts of romaine lettuce and leaving behind the white middle.