Candy Cane's Story

Cold Stunned & Pneumonia

Candy Cane is another juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that was transferred from the New England Aquarium to undergo rehabilitation after becoming cold stunned. This patient is also battled a case of pneumonia- infection of the lungs, and sepsis- a severe inflammatory response to bacterial infection. Unfortunately, sea turtles commonly develop these serious conditions following an initial cold stunning, and are in need of immediate veterinary care. Candy cane is currently received a specially curated medical care regiment including fluid therapy, antibiotics, vitamins and daily nebulizing treatments to aid in their recovery. This patient has since made a full recovery, and was released back into the ocean in February 2023.

Patient Information
Intake Photo

Name: Candy Cane
Species: Kemp’s Ridley (Lk)
Age class: Juvenile
Admission date: 12/18/22
Ailment: Cold Stunned, Pneumonia
Weight: 1.95 kg


12/18/22: Admitted into rehab. Veterinary exam, x-rays, and blood drawn.

12/19/22: Begin a supportive care regiment and daily nebulizer treatments.

12/30/22: Patient is active and eating!

1/4/23: X-rays taken and blood re-evaluated. Continue to closely monitor patient’s behavior.

1/9/23: Stop daily nebulizing treatments and increase daily food offering. 

2/7/23: Off all medications.

2/21/23: Tagged and release in Cape Canaveral, FL.