Universe's Story

Universe was rescued from Jupiter Island, FL after a boat strike injury. After arriving at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, it was discovered that she was carrying eggs. She laid her eggs and they were buried in a nest offsite to give them the chance to hatch. She has recovered and was released at Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, FL.

Close up of a loggerhead sea turtle laying on a rehabilitation stretcher.


Species: Loggerhead
Age: Adult (15+ yrs)

Location: Jupiter Island, FL
Concern: Boat Strike
Status: Released

Weight: 66.3 kg 145 lbs

Updates

2019-Aug-05 Released at Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, FL.
2019-Jul-30 Discontinued medications. Reshaped rough edges of carapace.
2019-Jul-02 Removed necrotic bone and keratin from wounds. Fecal sample taken for culture.
2019-Jun-28 Passed 1 egg. Radiographs confirm she has no more eggs.
2019-Jun-22 Began eating, No eggs passed.
2019-Jun-21 Passed 4 eggs overnight. Oxytocin administered, but no more eggs passed.
2019-Jun-18 Passed 1 egg overnight. Oxytocin administered, but no more eggs passed.
2019-Jun-17 Administered one double dose of oxytocin. Passed 3 eggs.
2019-Jun-16 No oxytocin administered. Passed 1 egg while taking X-rays. Radiographs seem to show eggs still present.
2019-Jun-15 One double dose of oxytocin administered. Passed 4 eggs.
2019-Jun-13 Administered two doses of oxytocin. Passed 8 eggs.
2019-Jun-12 No oxytocin administered. Passed 2 eggs.
2019-Jun-10 One dose of oxytocin administered. Passed 3 eggs.
2019-Jun-09 Administered one dose of oxytocin. Passed 5 eggs.
2019-Jun-08 Two doses of oxytocin administered to induce labor. Passed 16 eggs.
2019-Jun-07 Removed necrotic bits of bone and flushed wounds. Applied honey to wounds.
2019-Jun-05 Radiographs taken. Appears as though Universe is carrying eggs.
2019-May-31 Started antibiotic medication and MLS laser therapy on wounds.
2019-May-30 Rescued from Jupiter Island, FL after a boat strike injury. Taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Freshwater bath to remove barnacles. Wounds flushed out and blood and wound cultures taken.