kenai in poolStranded: 12-13-2016

Released: 6-12-2017


Kenai is being closely monitored in our ICU. Kenai was found about 9 miles north of our center on December 13th, 2016 by Mica nad Hazel, visiting from Kenai, Alaska. One of Kenai;s lungs is smaller than the other, which is likely a congenital defect. Upon arrival to our facility, Kenai was having buoyancy issues (listing to one side), but these issues have since resolved. Kenai's blood work was normal, so we are not sure why this turtle stranded.

January update: Kenai is being closely monitored in our ICU. The turtle has intermittent appetite and buoyancy issues.

February update: Kenai was started back on antibiotics due to a potential oral infection; both corners of his mouth were hot pink on 2/4. By Valentines' day, much less pink! Kenai has been eating on his own for over a week now. He is still being treated with Vitamin B injections to stimulate his appetite, and is still in ICU.

April updateKenai is doing well. Up to 17.8 pounds! Hoping we can say good bye to Kenai in June!

May update: Release date: June 12th, 2017! Kenai be taken along with our hawksbills Hula and Sunshine to the ‘South Padre Island Underwater Park’ at the U.S./Mexico border, via the Coast Guard.