The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.



Arrival Date: June 8, 2024

Patient Profile

Name: Bob

Species: Green Sea Turtle

Weight: 34 pounds

Reason for visit: Entanglement and Fibropapillomatosis (FP)

Location Found: Vaca Key, FL

Status Report

06/08/24:  Today a jet ski tour guide did more than just show his guests our beautiful islands. A Green Sea Turtle was spotted at the surface of the water in distress, tangled in a fishing line that was anchored down by something heavy preventing the young sea turtle from escaping. Our rescue team member Madison hitched a ride with our local Coast Guards and rushed to the scene. Madison found the fishing line was wrapped tightly around his flippers, shell, and neck. After being cut loose from the fishing line, this young sea turtle dubbed Bob, was on his way to The Turtle Hospital for some much needed care and rest. Rehab staff was ready with intravenous fluids to help rehydrate and started Bob on antibiotics to prevent any secondary illness due to his wounds from the fishing line. Bob has been resting quietly since his arrival, our rehab team will continue to monitor and provide supportive care as Bob is also ill with Fibropapillomatosis (FP). Follow along for more updates on Bob as he begins his road to recovery from this disease. 

Remember to keep an eye out for sea turtles in need of help, when you help save a turtle you get to name them as a reward for your good deed. 

06/24/24:  This past week was a big day for Bob, after lots of rest he was ready to take on his first surgery. Bob has Fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumors on his eyes, abdomen, and under his front flippers, which needed removal. Dr. Brooke Burkhalter. A veterinarian specializing in internal medicine and skilled in the care of sea turtles. Dr. Burkhalter is the lead veterinarian at the University of Florida within their sea turtle hospital department. She will use her skills to help remove these uncomfortable masses from Bob. Bob’s next step after his surgical recovery is to be placed on Observation Status. This means we will continue to monitor him just in case there is any regrowth of tumors. His rebab team will support Bob during his surgical recovery and make sure he has all his favorite snacks.

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