Stranded 11/14/2016


Cole is a 94 pound sub-adult Atlantic green that was found floating and unable to dive in the Port of Brownsville channel. Cole has an older boat strike injury (probably several months old) on the back portion of its carapace and some of its scutes are flaking off. We started Cole on a course of antibiotics and fluids and cleaned  the area. A lot of debris and some dead bone was removed. This process of cleaning is called debridement, removing materials that may promote infection or hinder healing. Cole was named after one of its owners.-

December update:  Weight was applied to Cole's carapace to assist him in diving.The picture below shows him resting on the bottom of a shallow tank. He was subsequently moved to a deeper tank. We are hoping that Cole's appetite will improve now that the weight is making movement more comfortable.

January2 update: A lighter weight was applied to Cole's carapace, as the original one seemed a little heavy. Cole has been eating his entire diet for the past 2 weeks, but he is picky. Squid only menu! As of 1/17/17, Cole is still dragging his hind flippers/bottom along tank. We will be adjusting the weight to correct this.

February 14 update: Cole's weight was removed on 2/11 and he was able to lay flat on the bottom without for two days. As of today, his caudal end (posterior) is slowly becoming buoyant again. We will monitor and might have to reapply a small weight. He is eating well and swimming with Barracuda.

March 22 update:  Under the guidance of  Tom DeMaar, senior D.V.M. at the Gladys Porter Zoo, we will be placing Cole in Gerry’s tank (our deepest tank at about 8 feet deep) to test his buoyancy. If able to rest on bottom,  Cole will be deemed releasable. Tentative plan to place into Gerry’s tank on Monday 4/3/17.

April 20 update: Cole has been swimming in Gerry's tank since early April. The two are getting along! Cole is diving, but is still buoyant. We are hoping that the pressure of the deeper tank will help alleviate with the air trapped inside his body.

May 18 update: Cole and Gerry are still getting along well. Cole still has a buoyancy problem. He is often seen resting with his head on the bottom of the tape, but the rest of his body is vertical. We are working on a weight vest for Milagro, then will start one for Cole.