MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Berni

Patient Record

Species: Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Patient ID: LO1901

Admitted on: 2019/10/01

Collection Site: Port Alberni

Reason for Admission: Cold-stunned

Weight at Admission: 26.9 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 21 days

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: DFO, BC Ferries, MMR Ambulance

Story

"Berni" is an Olive Ridley sea turtle, a species usually found only in warmer waters. He was rescued by members of the public at Port Alberni (Vancouver Island) on September 30th, 2019 and appears to be "cold-stunned", a condition that occurs in sea turtles when the water temperature falls below 10 degrees Celsius. Cold-stunned sea turtles experience a decrease in heart rate and circulation causing them to become lethargic to the point where they are unable to swim or forage. Berni is only the fourth Olive Ridley sea turtle recorded in B.C. waters and only the second of that species to be treated at the rescue centre.

Patient Updates

Berni had a CT scan today. All looks good!

While Berni remains our patient, he has been moved to the Vancouver Aquarium where the infrastructure exists to provide him with a better habitat with more sophisticated environmental control and life support systems. This step will give Berni the best chance for a successful rehabilitation.

Radiographs showed no abnormalities. His body temperature is slowly rising.

Berni seems to be responding to treatment. The plan is to slowly raise his body temperature over time. He is receiving fluids to treat dehydration. Cold-stunning can result in pneumonia, so Berni is also being treated with antibiotics.

Guestbook for Berni

  1. Thank you for this basic info about Berni! I hope we can follow his progress both healthwise and his travels back to where his “people” normally live.
    Thank you!

  2. Wishing Berni a speedy recovery and safe return to his tropical waters when he’s ready to go! Wondering if the scientists have any idea of his age? Thanks!

  3. Glad to hear that Berni is adapting well to treatment!! <3 Soon to be on the Full road to recovery and to soon be back in the waters where he belongs 🙂

  4. I wish he could tell his story! He’s travelled so far! I’m glad he’s saved and look forward to following! *Speedy Recovery Berni*

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