Reason for Stranding

Patient History

Patient Injuries

Patient Treatments

Stranded: 11/14/2016


Cole is a 85 lb sub-adult Atlantic green that was found floating and unable to dive in the Port of Brownsville channel. Cole has an older boat strike injury on the back portion of his shell (visible in the photo to the left). Cole received a course of antibiotics upon arrival to our center and the boat strike wound was cleaned. A significant amount of necrotic material and dead bone was removed from the boat strike site. The process of cleaning wounds is called ‘debridement‘ and it involves removing dead tissue and debris from wounds to promote wound healing.

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. 

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