Stranding Date: March 31, 2020
Length: 11.7 cm (4.6 in)
Weight: 0.26 kg (0.6 lb)
On March 31, South Walton Turtle Watch responded to reports of a sea turtle washed ashore in Santa Rosa Beach. Rescuing the turtle, they transported him/her immediately to Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) for rehabilitation. Since arriving, Carl has had access to full-time veterinary care. Carl is missing his/her right front flipper, and also has some damage to the other flippers and both eyes. While the right eye damage is a little more severe, Carl gets regular antibiotic eye drop applications to both eyes.
Initially, Carl was given a small floating bin until he/she was energetic enough to manage a deeper habitat. Carl also gets a specially prepared diet because of his/her size! Starting slow with squid tentacles, Carl’s diet has increased to pieces of capelin and larger pieces of squid! He has gained weight, and is now in a regular-sized habitat and swimming well despite missing a flipper!
Thank you to permitted organization South Walton Turtle Watch for rescuing Carl.