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Reason for Stranding
Rescuers found Elon stuck in the rocks at the Boca Chica jetties. Juvenile green sea turtles will often forage on the algae that grows along the rock face when the tides are high and end up stuck when the tide recedes.
Feb 2020- No longer receiving any injectable medications. All of Elon’s abrasions are healing well, so we decreased his/her treatment frequency. Once a week, Elon gets a physical exam, an updated weight, cold laser therapy (to promote wound healing), debridement (gently cleaning of the wounds), and topical medications such as Silver Sulfadiazine cream or honey. Elon had some eye issues on arrival, but both eyes are now completely healed!
Jan 2020- Elon has had an intermittent appetite since arrival – some days he eats, other days he doesn’t eat at all. Rehab staff will continue to monitor appetite. On arrival, Both eyes had scabbing/inflammation but as of 1/2/20, both eyes look much better!
Jan 2020 Update- Elon has been eating consistently for the past several weeks! The eye issues noted on Elon’s arrival to the hospital have completely cleared up.
Elon has mild swelling from being wedged in the rocks so tightly but otherwise, no major injuries.
Ways to help ELON's Recovery
One of the three primary missions at Sea Turtle, Inc. is rehabilitation. We work hard to rescue and return every sea turtle back to the wild. Proceeds from this adoption will go directly to purchase needed medical supplies, veterinary exams, x-rays, food and general care for our rehab turtles.