Tommy Price, an eighth grader from Hollywood Florida was visiting his grandmother on Grassy Key. He went out to the jetty to do some fishing and instead found a large (105 pound) loggerhead turtle floating listlessly near the shore. Grandma called the Turtle Hospital and staff swam out and netted the lethargic animal.
Tommy Boy (the turtle) is very weak, has “lockjaw” and possibly compromised vision. Blood work is pending to determine if the animal has encountered some toxins. Treatment will include physical therapy to force the jaws apart, antibiotics and vitamins.
UPDATE June 22nd:
Sadly Tommy Boy has passed. A necropsy will be performed to determine cause of death and tissue samples will be sent to a lab to hopefully help identity the possible toxin which caused the lock jaw.
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