Date admitted: March 1, 2020
Stranding location: Canaveral National Seashore
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: This juvenile green sea turtle came to us from Canaveral National Seashore on March 1. Peanut had a large epibiota load and was very emaciated upon arrival. We could tell that this turtle had spent a decedent amount of time stranded because the algae on their shell had been bleached white by the sun. Peanut’s demeanor is not the brightest, but they give us a good fight during treatments.
April 2, 2020: Peanut now has a clear blood culture! This turtle has been moved to their own tank. They were so invested into their neighbor’s business that this turtle was rubbing a small spot on their nose raw from trying to look through the barriers. Peanut is an eating machine and had their amount of lettuce increased!
March 30, 2020: Peanut is obsessed with their neighbor turtles. We have four small green turtles safely divided in a four-way tank and they love to spend the day checking each other out and resting while they recover! We are currently waiting for the results of Peanut’s blood culture recheck.
March 12, 2020: Peanut has been described as “whimsical” by staff and volunteers. This turtle swims around with seemingly no cares, has a great demeanor in rehabilitation and is always looking forward to the proteins in their diet. Peanut is small compared to our other juveniles, so it’s not surprising that they do not eat their lettuce yet as young turtles have an omnivorous diet. They enjoy rubbing/scratching their belly with their flippers and since they are recovering still, this turtle naps a lot. Peanut had a positive blood culture upon intake and will be rechecked next week.