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Kemp’s ridley admitted to CROW for possible red tide poisoning

By Staff | Jun 29, 2018
TIFFANY REPECKI A sub-adult Kemp's ridley sea turtle was admitted to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel on June 28.
PHOTO PROVIDED A sub-adult Kemp's ridley sea turtle was admitted to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel on June 28.
TIFFANY REPECKI A sub-adult Kemp's ridley sea turtle was admitted to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel on June 28.
PHOTO PROVIDED A sub-adult Kemp's ridley sea turtle was admitted to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel on June 28.
TIFFANY REPECKI A sub-adult Kemp's ridley sea turtle was admitted to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel on June 28.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is treating a sub-adult Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

On June 28, the turtle was admitted after being found floating in waters off Boca Grande. Upon admission, the turtle was quiet but alert, with neurologic deficits – weakened ability to move flippers and delayed reflexes – and had superficial corneal ulcers in both eyes, according to officials.

Initial bloodwork revealed a mild anemia. Veterinarians are suspecting brevetoxicosis – red tide poisoning – and the turtle received IV medications upon admission. Topical antibiotics are being used to treat the corneal ulcers.

Bloodwork and neurologic exams will be repeated daily to track its progress and adjust the treatment accordingly.