Date admitted: June 19, 2018
Stranding location: Indian River Lagoon in Titusville
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Martini is a sub-adult green turtle who was found floating in the Indian River Lagoon. His body condition is good and he seems strong, but turtles should not be floating!
August 25, 2018: Martini is Caryospora– and trematode-free! Blood recheck was this week. We are waiting for final approval from veterinary staff for release.
August 10, 2018: Martini has now had a second round of medication to treat a Caryospora parasite. We are going to treat a trematode infestation this week. Parasites and more parasites…oddly, this turtle does not display any of the symptoms these parasites could cause. Martini is a unique case and we are saving fecal samples to be tested by NOAA Fisheries’ lead sea turtle pathologist.
July 30, 2018: Martini has received a full round of medication to treat his parasites and we’re monitoring fecal samples to make sure he’s completely free of these protozoan parasites. He eats well and loves to rub his shell on the feeding mats we use to secure lettuce on the bottom of the tank.
July 23, 2018: Results are in and Martini has Caryospora! We were ready to send this little one for release but a fecal sample showed a mild infection so we’re treating him with an oral medication to clear it up and we’ll recheck him soon to see if he can be released!
July 15, 2018: Martini is doing great now! He’s eating like crazy and we haven’t seen any floating. Next week, we’ll draw more blood work.
July 9, 2018: Our boy Martini has started eating fish regularly, isn’t floating as much and has even been spotted resting at the bottom of his tank more than once!
July 2, 2018: Martini started eating fish last week and is finally expelling some of the gas and fecal packed in his intestines! We’re hoping his eating will help his intestines to work even better. He’s still having trouble with floating but is staying active in his tank.
June 25, 2018: Martini isn’t eating yet and X-rays show his GI is full of air. There is evidence of a boat strike wound on his carapace, but it is completely healed. This may be causing the floating—or he could just have gas! This one is a strong turtle and does not like being pulled out of the water for treatments.