Lemonade's Story

Lemonade was rescued by biologists at Inwater Research Group in St. Lucie, FL with severe injuries from a boat strike. Deep lacerations on the head, carapace (top of shell), and plastron (bottom of shell) are partially healed but potentially caused internal trauma.

Close up of a kemp's ridley sea turtle with a boat strike injury to the head

Kemp's Ridley
Age: Juvenile (~2-5 yrs)

Location: St. Lucie, FL
Concern: Vessel Strike
Status: Released

Weight: 1.9 kg 4.6 lbs


2021-Jan-26 Tags applied and released in St.Lucie, FL.
2021-Jan-19 Wounds completely healed. Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2021-Jan-05 Discontinue anemia treatment. Wounds are healing well.
2020-Dec-01 Routine wound debridement.
2020-Nov-12 Begin treatment for anemia.
2020-Oct-29 Finished course of supportive meds. Begin dewormers.
2020-Oct-24 Eating well on own. Jaw tone significantly improved.
2020-Oct-15 Able to open mouth and eat soft foods on own. Discontinue tube feeding. Continue laser and honey application daily.
2020-Oct-06 Wounds debrided by veterinarian. Started MLS laser therapy and jaw exercises to strengthen jaw muscles. Tube feed as needed. Honey application on wounds daily.
2020-Oct-05 Radiographs reveal fractures to the carapace and plastron but no spinal damage. Unable to open mouth due to skull injuries.
2020-Oct-04 Rescued from St. Lucie, FL with multiple injuries from vessel strike. Injuries mostly old and partially healed. Started supportive medications.