Yamato's Story

Yamato was rescued from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL, after becoming stranded while trying to nest. She had deep lacerations on her carapace due to a boat strike and potential paralysis in her rear flippers. After it was discovered that she was gravid, labor was induced so she could pass her eggs in rehabilitation. Her boat strike wounds are currently recovering.

Close up of a green sea turtle laying in a rehabilitation stretcher.

Species: Green Sea Turtle
Age: Adult (20-35+ years)

Location: Boca Raton, FL
Concern: Boat Strike
Status: Recovering

Weight: 150+ kg 330+ lbs


2019-Aug-10 Continue monitoring wound recovery.
2019-Jul-31 Finished with piperacillin treatment. Continue MLS laser therapy.
2019-Jul-25 Radiographs confirmed no more eggs.
2019-Jul-23 Started on piperacillin to help with infection. Debrided wound. Started MLS laser daily.
2019-Jul-13 Offered lettuce. Still not eating.
2019-Jul-11 Administrated two doses of oxytocin once every hour for two hours. Two spacers passed.
2019-Jul-10 Passed one egg in water. Administrated two doses of oxytocin once every hour for two hours. Passed twenty-three eggs and five spacers.
2019-Jul-09 Passed three eggs when getting into stetcher to be examined. Passed 9 eggs. Started flushing wound with chlorohex and applying honey. Movement in rear flippers occured during examination.
2019-Jul-08 Administrated total of three doses oxytocin once every hour for three hours. Dropped a total of thirteen eggs. Spinal cord is partially severed due to boat strike wounds.
2019-Jul-07 Rescued from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL. Boat strike wounds present on carapace and potential rear flipper paralysis. Taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and started on antibiotic medications.