Koala's Story

Koala, along with several hundred other sea turtles were cold stunned in the New England area in 2020. Cold stunning can cause shock, pneumonia, frostbite, and can lead to death if the sea turtle cannot migrate to warmer water in time. Koala was rescued from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and received treatment at the New England Aquarium before being flown to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center to continue her recovery.

Close up of a Kemp's Ridley sea turtleswimming in a tank.

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Age: Juvenile (~2-4 yrs)

Location: Cape Cod, MA
Concern: Cold Stunned
Status: Euthanized

Weight: 2.5 kg 5.5 lbs


2021-Mar-02 Veterinarian examination determined illness was too severve to recover from. Prescribed euthanasia.
2021-Feb-23 No improvement. Continue hyperbaric chamber treatment.
2021-Feb-09 Start hyperbaric chamber treatment.
2021-Feb-02 No interest in food. Continue tube feeding.
2021-Jan-19 Continue tube feeding. Weight is remaining stable.
2021-Jan-05 No interest in food. Begin tube feeding
2020-Dec-27 Finished nebulizer treatment. Continuing supportive care.
2020-Dec-13 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center by Turtles Fly Too. Began supportive medications and completed diagnostic bloodwork and radiographs. Started on nebulizer treatment to be given daily for lung infection.
2020-Dec-08 Rescued from Cape Cod, MA. Taken to New England Aquarium for initial veterinarian exam and treatments.