“Ludo” is one of 16 sea turtles that were brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on March 8, 2021. Ludo was originally rescued and taken to the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab on March 4. The turtle was found by a member of the St. Johns County Habitat Conservation Plan
Many sea turtles are washing up in Northeast Florida, more than local facilities can hold. They are “debilitated”, which means lethargic (without energy) and have various other health concerns. In these situations, when space runs out at the local rehabilitation centers, they sometimes reach out to others. That’s where GWMI steps in! By taking some of the sea turtles, GWMI helps to open up more space in the counties where they are washing ashore.
Ludo is lethargic, underweight, and covered in barnacles. Having a heavy barnacle load is often a sign of other illness, injury, or problems. With so many barnacles on Ludo’s carapace (top shell), Ludo will be receiving freshwater soaks. These soaks help the sea turtle by killing the barnacles, which will then fall off.
Thank you to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as all of the organizations involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and transfer of Ludo and the other sea turtles during this active stranding event.