December update: A lead dive weight was applied to the shell to assist in diving. He was subsequently moved to a deeper tank. We are hoping that Cole’s appetite will improve now that the weight is making movement more comfortable.
January update: A lighter weight was applied to Cole’s carapace, as the original one seemed a little heavy. Cole has been eating his entire diet for the past 2 weeks, but he is picky. Squid only menu! As of 1/17/17, Cole is still dragging his hind flippers/bottom along tank. We will be adjusting the weight to correct this.
February update: Cole’s weight was removed on 2/11 and he was able to lay flat on the bottom without the weight for two days. As of today, his caudal end (posterior) is slowly becoming buoyant again. We will monitor and might have to reapply a small weight. He is eating well and swimming with Barracuda.
March update: Under the guidance our veterinarian Dr. Tom deMaar, we will be placing Cole in Gerry’s tank (our deepest tank at about 8 feet) to test his buoyancy. If able to rest on bottom, Cole will be deemed releasable. Tentative plan to place into Gerry’s tank on Monday 4/3/17.
April update: Cole has been swimming in Gerry’s tank since early April. The two green sea turtles are getting along! Cole is diving, but still buoyant. We are hoping that the pressure of the deeper tank will help alleviate with the air trapped inside his body.
May update: Cole and Gerry are still getting along well. Cole still has a buoyancy problem. He is often seen resting with his head on the bottom of the tank, but the rest of his body is vertical. STI staff members and volunteers are working together to create a weighted vest for Cole to make him more comfortable.