Marra Marra's Story

Floating

Marra Marra is a young juvenile green sea turtle that was rescued here in Boca Raton after they were spotted floating in the intracoastal waterway. Radiograph images at the rehabilitation center revealed a build-up of gas in Marra Marra’s gastrointestinal tract, likely the cause of their floating at the water surface. Excess gas in a sea turtle’s GI may be caused by decreased intestinal motility, dehydration, infection, or bowel obstruction. Marra Marra will receive treatment until their floating resolves and they can return safely back to sea. We want to thank Boca Raton Police Department’s Marine Unit for helping us in our rescue! 

Patient Information
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Name: Marra Marra
Species: Green (Cm)
Age class: Juvenile
Admission date: 11/3/2022
Ailment: Floating, Gas
Weight: 9.65 kg

Updates

11/3/22: Admitted for rehabilitation. Radiographs show gas build-up in the GI tract. Begin supportive care regiment and fluid therapy.

11/5/22: Offer food and Gas-X. Continuing to monitor floating in shallow water.

11/14/22: Floating has resolved and patient is resting flat on the tank bottom. 

11/20/22: Weight increased, no longer floating and patient approved for future release.

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