kenai in poolStranded: 12-13-2016


Kenai was found by Mica and Hazel visiting from Kenai, Alaska on December 13, about 9 miles north of the center. Kenai is a 13.7 juvenile Kemp's ridley.  Blood tests are normal, but a radiograph did show some lung issues. We are running further diagnostics.

January 2, Update: Kenai is being closely monitored. He has intermittent appetite and buoyancy issues. Kenai is in ICU.

February 14, Update: Kenai was started back on antibiotics due to 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.  Members can watch Kenai at

April 20, UpdateKenai is doing well. Up to 17.8pounds!!! Hoping we can say good bye to Kenai in June!!!

May 18, Update: Release date: June 12th, 2017! Kenai be taken along with Hula and Sunshine to the ‘South Padre Island Underwater Park’ at the U.S./Mexico border, via the Coast Guard.