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Morbidity in a juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) due to ocean-borne plastic.
J Zoo Wildl Med. 2009 Mar; 40(1):196-8.JZ

Abstract

An emaciated 2.36-kg juvenile green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, was found floating off of Melbourne Beach, Florida, USA (28 degrees 2'4"N, 80 degrees 32'32"W). The turtle exhibited signs of cachexia, positive buoyancy, lethargy, and obstipation; was covered with barnacles; and was anorexic at the time of presentation. Dorsal-ventral radiographs with positive contrast confirmed obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. Serum chemistry abnormalities reflected metabolic/nutritional deficiencies. Gastrointestinal prokinetics and oral/enema mineral oil applications were effective in relieving gastrointestinal obstruction with the turtle defecating a total of 74 foreign objects over a period of a month. After the removal of the foreign material, the turtle quickly regained normal behavior and health. The lack of blood parameters demonstrating infection or inflammation; the failure to respond to antibiotic and antifungal treatment as well as the parallel improvement in behavior and health after incremental evacuation of the plastic is highly suggestive of a cause and effect association.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Disney's Animal Programs, Walt Disney World Resort, EC Trl. W-251, 2016 North Avenue of the Stars, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000, USA. andy.m.stamper@disney.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19368262

Citation

Stamper, M Andrew, et al. "Morbidity in a Juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) Due to Ocean-borne Plastic." Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine : Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, vol. 40, no. 1, 2009, pp. 196-8.
Stamper MA, Spicer CW, Neiffer DL, et al. Morbidity in a juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) due to ocean-borne plastic. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2009;40(1):196-8.
Stamper, M. A., Spicer, C. W., Neiffer, D. L., Mathews, K. S., & Fleming, G. J. (2009). Morbidity in a juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) due to ocean-borne plastic. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine : Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, 40(1), 196-8.
Stamper MA, et al. Morbidity in a Juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) Due to Ocean-borne Plastic. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2009;40(1):196-8. PubMed PMID: 19368262.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Morbidity in a juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) due to ocean-borne plastic. AU - Stamper,M Andrew, AU - Spicer,Chad W, AU - Neiffer,Donald L, AU - Mathews,Kristin S, AU - Fleming,Gregory J, PY - 2009/4/17/entrez PY - 2009/4/17/pubmed PY - 2009/5/12/medline SP - 196 EP - 8 JF - Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians JO - J Zoo Wildl Med VL - 40 IS - 1 N2 - An emaciated 2.36-kg juvenile green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, was found floating off of Melbourne Beach, Florida, USA (28 degrees 2'4"N, 80 degrees 32'32"W). The turtle exhibited signs of cachexia, positive buoyancy, lethargy, and obstipation; was covered with barnacles; and was anorexic at the time of presentation. Dorsal-ventral radiographs with positive contrast confirmed obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. Serum chemistry abnormalities reflected metabolic/nutritional deficiencies. Gastrointestinal prokinetics and oral/enema mineral oil applications were effective in relieving gastrointestinal obstruction with the turtle defecating a total of 74 foreign objects over a period of a month. After the removal of the foreign material, the turtle quickly regained normal behavior and health. The lack of blood parameters demonstrating infection or inflammation; the failure to respond to antibiotic and antifungal treatment as well as the parallel improvement in behavior and health after incremental evacuation of the plastic is highly suggestive of a cause and effect association. SN - 1042-7260 UR - http://bjp.sagepub.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19368262/Morbidity_in_a_juvenile_green_sea_turtle__Chelonia_mydas__due_to_ocean_borne_plastic_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1638/2007-0101.1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -