Current Patients

Below is a list of current sea turtle patients undergoing rehabilitation at The Turtle Hospital starting with the most recent.

Last Updated 8/29/14

Hatchlings: Currently 7 Loggerheads.

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Patti: 110lbs Adult Loggerhead. Found floating and weak in Key Largo, FL on 8/13/14.

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*Suffering from pneumonia and ulcerated eyes. Jaw and muscles are stiff and she has difficulty lifting head for air. Patti spends most of her days and nights on a soft piece of foam under a shower sprinkler for her safety. She receives antibiotics, fluids, and tube feedings for nourishment. She has daily supervised swim exercises for about 2 hours where staff is seeing improvements daily!

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Mattie: 15 lbs Juvenile Green. Found tangled in fishing line and also with fishing line partially ingested. Also has a heavy load of Fibropapilloma tumors.

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*Fishing Line has begun to pass with the aid of lactulose added to Mattie’s diet. Still has some more line to come out. Surgery in the coming weeks will remove tumors.

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Kimian: 20 lbs Juvenile Green. Found nearly drowning and entangled in fishing line on 7/31/14 near Cudjoe Key. Also has Fibropapilloma tumors.

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*Tumor free as of 8/29/14!

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Hope: 32 lbs Juvenile Green. Found entangled in fishing line and heavily covered in Fibropapilloma tumors in Key Largo on 7/30/14.

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*Endoscope revealed it’s a boy! No tumors removed yet (too weak).

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Dirk: 15lbs Juvenile Female Green. Found floating in Broward County and transferred to The Turtle Hospital for treatment on 7/23/14.

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*Had an endoscope on 7/27/14 to search for internal tumors…none found! And we learned that Dirk is a female. Eye surgery on 8/1/14 to remove tumors from eyes, tumor free!

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Arctic: 6lbs Juvenile Green. Found floating in Marathon on 7/17/14 with a heavy load of FP tumors and fishing line entangled on left front flipper.

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*Endoscope revealed no internal tumors and Arctic is a boy. Two surgeries later and Arctic is now tumor free!

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Dorothy: 100lbs Sub Adult Loggerhead. Found floating and unable to dive on 7/9/14 in Marathon.

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*Receives antibiotics, fluids, and Beano to help recover. Dorothy is still floating but we hope that she’ll be able to dive sometime in August or September.

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Kobit: 12lbs Juvenile Female Green. Found floating and entangled in fishing line off of Summerland Key on 6/29/14. Suffering from Fibropapilloma tumors.

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*Eating well. Endoscope performed on 7/1/14 and no internal tumors were found. We also learned Kobit is a female. Regrowths of tumors to be removed soon.

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Waffles: 230lbs Adult female Loggerhead. Found floating and struggling to dive below the surface near Geiger Key on 6/7/14. X-rays revealed an intestinal blockage and gas. An old boat propeller wound was also found on her carapace after heavy amounts of algae were removed.

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*Impaction has passed but is still floating high in rear. Being treated with antibiotics and Beano to relieve gas.

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Dale: 20lbs Juvenile Green. Snagged in fishing line by fisherman in a backyard canal in Marathon, FL on 5/15/14. When turtle was brought to shore it was found to be heavily afflicted with Fibropapilloma tumors and was brought in for treatment.

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*Received surgery on 5/22/14 to remove tumors from both eyes and side of head. Recovering well. Tumor Free!

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Baba: Juvenile Green.  Found floating in Florida Bay off of Marathon 5/6/2014.  Front flippers and head entangled in monofilament fishing line.  FP tumors.

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*Lots of swelling in left front flipper.  Receiving Epsom salt baths and physical therapy to try to get blood flow back into flippers. Surgery on 5/22/14 removed tumors from eyes. Surgery on 6/5/14 removed all of FP tumors! Will wait out year long period to monitor for regrowths until release.

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Ben:  29 lb juvenile Green.  Found floating off of Sugarloaf Key on 4/23/14.  Stomach and intestinal impaction and gas.  FP tumors present.

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*Free of her intestinal blockage and tumors! Release in June 2015.

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Mocho:  Post hatchling Hawksbill.  Found floating in Stock Island on 4/7/14.  Missing left front flipper and lethargic

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*Growing fast! Release in summer 2014.

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Chase: 6 lbs Juvenile Green. Transferred on 3/4/14 from the Volusia Marine Science Center for Fibropapilloma treatment.

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*Received endoscope on 3/18/14.  Tumor free internally and Chase is a girl!  Tumor free as of 4/10/14!!!!

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Pe’e: 50 lbs Juvenile Green. Found floating with a heavy load of Fibropapilloma tumors off of Grassy Key on 2/12/14.

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*Sugery on 3/6/14 by Dr. Karpinski removed tumors from eyes! Pe’e can now see!!  Surgery on 3/18/14 to remove large tumor from neck.  Tumor free as of 4/17/14!!!

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Chris: 7 lbs Juvenile female Green with FP tumors. Found floating off of Big Pine Key on 12/7/13.

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*First surgery done on 1/8 and second on 1/13 to remove FP tumors. Surgery on 1/16 at Pinecrest Vet. Hospital for surgery on eye tumors made her tumor free! Will stay with us for 1 year to make sure tumors don’t regrow, then she will be released!

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Emerald: 13 lb. Green. Found floating in surf with FP tumors in the Key West Nature Preserve on 11/2/13.

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*Surgery on 1/8 to remove tumors along flippers.  Surgery on 1/16 at Pinecrest Vet. Hospital to remove tumors from eyes to become tumor free! Will stay with us for 1 year to monitor for regrowths before being released.
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Ron: 10 lb. Green. Netted at a coral reef due to the heavy load of FP tumors including both eyes. Found offshore of Summerland Key, FL on 10/1/13.

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*Tumor free! Release in December 2014.

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Moses: 14 lb. juvenile Green. 6 inch split in shell from a boat hit. Arrived 9/14/13 from Islamorada, FL.

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*Moved to rehab tank after being dry docked for 11 days. Split in shell stabilized with steel plates. Active and eating on own. Had surgery to remove all of her FP tumors too!  On 1/6, plates were removed revealing a stabilized shell.  Moses is now enjoying more room in Quad 1 with his other turtle friends.
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Elena: 40 lb. subadult Green.  Boat strike victim, large fractures on right side of carapace and small fractures on head.  Also has some small FP tumors.  Arrived 8/11/13.

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*Elena is in almost a full tank of water! Active and loves lettuce. She wouldn’t move, eat, or dive under the surface for the first month of treatment. Dr. Troxel in on 9/11 to apply steel plating to stabilize shell fracture. Surgery on 10/29 removed her FP tumors and is now tumor free! Steel plates removed on 1/12 and fracture is now stable.

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Zippy:  2 lb. juvenile Loggerhead.  Acquired from Gumbo Limbo Science Center in Boca Raton, FL on 7/28/13.  Perfectly healthy and is the new educational ambassador here at the Turtle Hospital.  Also a participant in a hatchling sex ratio research study through Florida Atlantic University.  Will be with us until he reaches 42 cm in shell length and will then be released.

*Continues to be a feisty ambassador for his species educating school children throughout the Keys.
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Jack: 5 lb. Juvenile female Green. Skinny and lethargic with FP tumors. Captured by Mote Marine Lab on 6/26/13.

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*Final surgery completed on 10/2/13 where all of the tumors were removed! Jack is now tumor free and will wait out a one year period to monitor for regrowths before being released.
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Katie Love: 23 lb. Juvenile female Green. Snagged by fisherman, also suffering with fibropapilloma tumors. Rescued on 6/8/13 offshore Sandy Key, FL.

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*Tumor free! Release in August 2014.
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Curly: 5-lb juvenile male Green. Floating and lethargic. Arrived 4/5/13 after being transferred from Volusia.

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*Tumor free! Release in September 2014.
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Fitzy: 30-lb juvenile male Green.  FP tumors including both eyes, lethargic, anemic, heavy load of leeches.  Arrived 11/1/12 from Grassy Key.

*Tumor free! Release in July 2014.

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Hook: 18-lb juvenile male Green.  Fishing hook removed at Miami Seaquarium’s turtle hospital, but FP tumors sprouted.  FP surgeries and remainder of treatment to take place at The Turtle Hospital.  Arrived 9/16/12, transferred from Miami Seaquarium in Miami, FL.

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*Tumor-free! Release in June 2015.

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