Fifi, a juvenile Kemp’s Ridley, is one of the newest turtle to be admitted into rehab. Found floating 500 yards offshore near Westshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fifi was initially taken to the Florida Aquarium on Saturday, July 21st before being transferred to CMA on Sunday, July 22nd. Upon examination, she was found to be in good overall body condition, with the exception of a 5 inch long crack located on the right side of her plastron. Fifi is currently dry-docked in the Backyard, and received her first CT scan on Tuesday, July 24th.
Drew, a sub-adult Loggerhead, joined our rehab family on Saturday, June 30th. She was very lethargic when she was picked up by Honeymoon Island State Park rangers, and was found in shallow water having trouble diving, which was likely a result of her buoyant back end. Since her arrival, Drew has been relatively stable, and even started foraging on her own the very first time she was offered food… and it was definitely a relief to the Turtle Team that we did not need to tube feed her!
On July 14th, Dr. Walsh and Dr. Cassel attempted an air evacuation procedure, but were unfortunately unsuccessful in being able to remove any air from her. Because her buoyancy issue is still apparent, she will remain in shallow water (for now!) in OT-8. While she was initially receiving fluids SID, the administration of her fluids were discontinued (per Dr. Walsh) on July 16th, and she is no longer being pulled unless full blood samples are needed. Drew had made a lot of positive progress in the short amount of time since her arrival- just last week her diet was raised once again, and she is now eating 150g squid and 500g capelin BID. We are looking forward to Dr. Walsh and Dr. Cassle’s next visit, in hopes they may attempt another air evacuation procedure that will be successful this time, and we are also looking forward to more progress from Drew, and, in time, a successful release story!
So far, a record-setting 196 loggerhead turtle nest sites are documented this season with a few weeks to go, according to Clearwater Marine Aquarium officials.
Mike Anderson doesn’t have a reason for it.
The sea turtle nesting season started early and kept going, he said.
As it turns out, it was also at a record setting pace, as Clearwater Marine Aquarium officials have documented 196 loggerhead turtle nests along the 26 miles of Pinellas County beaches they monitor.
“We could still get some more nests before its over,” said Anderson, who heads the sea turtle nesting program for the aquarium. “We still have a couple more weeks for them to come up and nest.”
Nesting numbers had been pretty steady the last few years. Anderson said the increased activity this year could be attributed to a combination of things, including decades of conservation work and no significant red tide bloom. Anderson said nesting numbers are up all along the coast of Florida.
There usually can be up to 120 nests made along beaches in the Tampa Bay area from May 1 to Oct. 31. Already there were that many nests through June before Tropical Debby brought heavy rainfall and rising tides to Clearwater.
Bailey is one of our Green Sea Turtle Residents. Bailey is paralyzed in the rear flippers and suffers from a buoyancy disorder due to spinal cord damage. It is believed that Bailey was dropped from a net onto a fishing boat, thereby paralyzing him and making him unreleasable.
Adopt Bailey today and help feed her for a week!