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Caton

Georgia Sea Turtle Center - Monitoring of Rehabilitated Patients

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Caton was released in Cape Canaveral, Florida where the water temperatures are still in an acceptable range. Originally we were going to hold her at the GSTC until spring, however a recent cold-stunning event in the northeastern US has prompted a need for space for incoming turtles needing care. So we were able to coordinate with FFWCC and the Georgia Aquarium to conduct the release on December 28, 2009.

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Species: Loggerhead
Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Gender: Female
Release Date: 2010-12-30 00:00:00
Release Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
Last Location: 2010-07-20 02:13:39

Background

Caton is a sub-adult female loggerhead sea turtle that was found stranded on South Beach of Blackbeard Island, Georgia on June 2, 2009. Caton was named after Jan Caton, a former JIA employee and founder of the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Project. Upon arrival, it was discovered that she was floating. Radiographs revealed a blockage caused by shell and crab parts which lead to excess gas build up in front of the blockage. She was rehydrated and treated with Cisapride (a gut motility enhancing medication) and numerous other drugs and supportive medications. After several months of treatment, Caton had improved and was swimming normally in her tank. Blood testosterone levels revealed that Caton is a female.

She was scheduled for release on October 9, 2009 but after her final physical and satellite transmitter placement she stopped eating and defecating. Radiographs revealed a large quantity of crab parts and fish bones that were causing another blockage. Endoscopy of her distal rectum and cloaca revealed severe irritation to the lining of the GI tract and was diagnosed as an ulcerative colitis. She was started on a treatment regimen of enemas, corticosteroid repositories, antibiotics, anti-parasite drugs and tube feedings of mineral oil and a nutrient rich gruel. Fortunately she returned to normal within a few short months and was able to be released.


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