A project of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
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Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2015-01-29 16:30:00
Release Location: Boca Raton, FL
Last Location: 2015-09-03 03:40:38
Economics Class Saint James Christian Academy
On October 20, 2014, this sub-adult Loggerhead sea turtle, Squidly, was rescued by a lifeguard at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, Florida. After being thrown around in the heavy surf, Squidly was lucky that the stranding event occurred right across the street from the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility because immediate triage was imperative. This turtle was extremely emaciated and lethargic and covered in algae and other epibiont growth. Squidly’s shell was malleable due to its debilitated state, so extreme care was crucial upon handling. Routine x-rays were deemed normal, but blood work told another story. Squidly’s blood work revealed a severe septic infection. As the broad spectrum antibiotics began to take effect, Squidly gained strength and an aggressive appetite.
Squidly made a full recovery and was released at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, Florida on January 29, 2015, with close to 500 supportive fans wishing fair well as Squidly returned back home to the sea.