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Al

Georgia Sea Turtle Center - Monitoring of Rehabilitated Patients

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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2010-10-22 00:00:00
Release Location: Jekyll Island
Last Location: 2011-02-19 10:57:42

Background

Al is a juvenile green sea turtle who stranded on St. Augustine Beach, Florida on December 15, 2009, just one day after Thalassia. Al was in good body condition upon arrival, however he/she had a lot of gas in his/her gastrointestinal tract which was causing him/her to float. Since the turtle had been floating, there was increase exposure to sunlight on the exposed carapace, which caused green algae to grow on it. Can you guess how Al got his/her name? Correct, “Al” is short for algae. Despite Al’s problems with buoyancy, he/she had a good appetite and was defecating well almost immediately. That made his treatment much easier. After being rehydrated and placed on antibiotics, we began treating Al with Cisapride and Reglan to get his/her bowels moving again. Within a week, Al began to become less buoyant and on Christmas morning we found Al resting peacefully on the bottom of his/her tank. We could not have asked for a better Christmas gift from Al. Since his/her arrival Al developed some raised lesions on his/her skin. Skin biopsies were obtained to determine the cause. The pathologist has reported these to be small bacterial abscesses. Treatment with injectable and topical antibiotics has resolved this problem.


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