Date admitted: May 2, 2018
Stranding location: Indian River Lagoon
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Jordyn was found floating in the Indian River Lagoon, unable to swim underneath the water. His carapace is misshapen, giving him the appearance of a humpback.
August 15, 2018: Jordyn is back in the ocean!
August 14, 2018: Jordyn is going home! Join us at Treasure Shores Beach Park in Vero Beach at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15.
August 10, 2018: Jordyn’s lung wash test results are back and there is no fungal growth. This turtle had blood recheck and was flipper and PIT tagged and is clear for release. A release location has been requested.
July 30, 2018: The most recent lung X-rays looked better but we’re still waiting for the lung wash test results. He’s really enjoying all the PVC enrichment in his tank and loves to take naps and scratch on them.
July 23, 2018: It’s so hard not to laugh at Jordyn when he sleeps! He’s a hard sleeper and after recently discovering PVC enrichment pipes, he sleeps with his head inside of them!
July 15, 2018: We’re still waiting on the results of the lung wash fluid we sent to the lab. Jordyn definitely isn’t acting sick, though!
July 9, 2018: Jordyn has happily moved into a larger tank and seems to be doing well in deeper water. He’s still eating plenty and we haven’t seen any buoyancy issues. We are still waiting for the lab results before we can start another treatment plan.
July 2, 2018: The results of the CT scan shows bronchopneumonia. On Thursday, we did a procedure to obtain samples of the foreign material in his lungs and sent to the lab. As soon as we have results, we’ll be able to start him on proper medication.
June 25, 2018: Jordyn is heading for a CT scan to make sure everything internally is okay!
June 20, 2018: We’re still happy with Jordyn’s progress. The buoyancy issues have disappeared and we’re seeing improvements every day.
June 9, 2018: Jordyn is doing great! Since we started the anti-gas medications, he has stopped floating and is able to rest on the bottom of the tank. He’s eating really well and has become more active so we’re able to see him swimming around his tank more active lately.
May 26, 2018: We’re making progress with Jordyn. He’s on an anti-gas medication in the mornings with breakfast and his floating issue is getting better.
May 19, 2018: Jordyn’s appetite has increased over the last week! His preference is still for red algae but he’ll also eat fish and clams.
May 12, 2018: Jordyn is doing much better than last week. He is no long floating but still rests a little strangely in the water because of his carapace deformity. He also loves to eat red algae, but nothing else. We’re thankful for our algae supply!
May 7, 2018: Jordyn has kyphosis of the carapace, an abnormal outward curvature of the spine that causes the turtle to look like it has a humpback. This often occurs in turtles who have had a traumatic injury to the spine, such as a boat strike. These injuries often cause permanent buoyancy issues, so these turtles cannot be released. In Jordyn’s case, though, it doesn’t appear the kyphosis is associated with injury and he was likely born with this condition. Radiographs show a lot of gas in his GI tract, which may be causing the buoyancy issues. Once this gas has passed, we’re hoping Jordyn will no longer float.