Cold Stunned & Pneumonia
Ebenezer is the fifth juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle admitted for rehabilitation in December 2022. This patient became cold stunned after exposure to cold water temperatures in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cold stunning is a hypothermic reaction that causes a sea turtle to become extremely lethargic, ill, and float at the water’s surface. Like our other Kemp’s ridley patients, Ebenezer is also suffered from pneumonia, a lung infection commonly developed in cold stunned sea turtles. Thanks to the team’s rehabilitation efforts, this patient made a full recovery and was released back into the ocean in February 2023.
Species: Kemp’s Ridley (Lk)
Age class: Juvenile
Admission date: 12/18/22
Ailment: Cold Stunned, Pneumonia
Weight: 2.55 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: Follow up x-rays taken and bloodwork re-evaluated. Continue to closely monitor patient behavior.
1/9/23: Stop daily nebulizing treatments and continue supportive care routine.
2/11/23: Off all medications.
2/21/23: Tagged and released in Cape Canaveral, FL.