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Sea turtle with suspected red tide symptoms taken to CROW

By SCCF - | Dec 16, 2020


On Nov. 25, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation received a hotline call about a sub-adult green sea turtle in distress, according to officials. The endangered turtle was unable to properly swim and had washed up slightly north of Blind Pass Bridge.

Upon close inspection, it was clear that the turtle had a healed injury from a potential shark bite and was displaying an erratic breathing pattern. Coastal Wildlife staff secured the animal using SCCF’s sea turtle rescue sling and took it to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife for veterinary care, where it unfortunately died despite life-saving efforts.

According to CROW staff, a gross necropsy showed no significant findings, “ruling out most everything else besides toxicosis” from red tide brevetoxins. It is the only sea turtle admitted to CROW in the last few months with clinical signs of red tide toxicosis.