By the end of today, we will have had over 200 turtles come through our door. This is an incredible number, but even with the multitude of intake exams, feedings, and treatments, there are always those patients that stand out. Even though all the turtles are amazing and special, the more critical cases tend to leave an impact on me. Those are the ones that you stay up at night worrying about, spending the extra hours doing special treatments on, and much, much more. One such case is #25, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle who fought his way back to life.
As you can imagine, turtles can hold their breath for a fairly long time. Since this setting stimulated his breathing, it then allowed for more medication to be inhaled and penetrate the infection. In the above photo you can see the fumes of the medications that #25 was inhaling while in the box.