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Female loggerhead

Name: Thurber

Species: Loggerhead

Date admitted: May 5, 2019

Stranding location: New Smyrna Beach

Status: Released

Admission notes: This 215-lb. female loggerhead was named for someone special—Brian Thurber of Proud Pour—whose Cider for Sea Turtles will give back to our Healing Center! The turtle came to us highly anemic and covered in leeches. We performed an ultrasound and confirmed that she is holding eggs!



August 1, 2019: This turtle was released today!

July 26, 2019: Thurber received an ice block enrichment, but got scared when she tried to bite it and it hit the wall and made a loud noise! Hopefully, this turtle will be released Thursday, August 1 at Lori Wilson Park at 10 a.m.

July 18, 2019: Thurber came off of medications! We are hoping for a release in a couple of weeks if her final workup looks good!

July 15, 2019: Thurber came out for her monthly bloodwork and an ultrasound. She has more defined egg development and her blood values are out of the anemic range!

July 5, 2019: We have been monitoring Thurber’s egg development every week and so far, there is still mostly follicles. This turtle comes out next week for her monthly workup and we are hoping for an increase in PCV!

June 21, 2019: Thurber will come back out in one week to recheck her egg development.

June 13, 2019: Thurber came out for her monthly workup this week. She was given an ultrasound to check the progress of her eggs and only a few have developed further, so we will check them again in two weeks. We still have had no progress in increasing her PCV, so we are administering iron along with her other medications.

June 7, 2019: Thurber still has some intestinal parasites and will be starting another round of medications.

May 24, 2019: Thurber continues to eat more and more. She received a Panacur treatment for nematodes last week and we will recheck her fecal next week.

May 17, 2019: Thurber came out for radiographs and a weigh in this week! This turtle did awesome and didn’t fuss too much while we worked around her to get this done. The radiographs revealed nothing abnormal. Thurber did lose some weight, but she also started passing a lot of fecal (finally!), so we can attribute that to the weight loss.