The surprise of a sea turtle certainly livened up a frustrating day of lobstering for the Plaugher family on August 31. About the size of a dinner plate, “Timmy” has a substantial amount of fibropapilloma tumors for such a small turtle. Good news, though: we believe the eyes can be saved, meaning Timmy could be seeing a future back in the deep blue (pun intended)!
While the patient was extremely active whenever stimulated, and quite feisty during an intake blood draw, he had poor blood chemistry upon arrival. After nearly a week at The Turtle Hospital, iron injections, antibiotics, fluids and a hearty appetite for squid have helped increase Timmy’s total protein and PCV, making him ready for surgery once things calm down here at the hospital.