The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.



Arrival Date: June 3, 2024

Patient Profile

Name: Mary

Species: Green Sea Turtle

Weight: 28 pounds 

Reason for visit: Entanglement and Fibropapillomatosis (FP)

Location Found: Matheson Hammock Park, Miami, FL.

Status Report

06/03/24: The local fire department of Miami responded to a unique call for help. A young Green Sea Turtle was found ashore with fishing lines and hooks tightly wrapped around its front flippers. Responders reached out to the Miami Dade Sea Turtle Group for assistance in transporting the newly named “Mary” to The Turtle Hospital. While obtaining Mary, the Miami Dade Sea Turtle Group noticed unfortunately Mary was also covered in medium to large size Fibropapillomatosis (FP). Once Mary arrived our rehab team quickly jumped into action to remove the tightly wound fishing line, unhook the painful hooks, and began initial supportive care to help Mary feel more comfortable after her long journey. Mary was started on intravenous fluids, medications, wound care, and placed in her new hospital tank for some much needed rest. We are thankful for the first responders of the Coral Gables Fire Department and the Miami Dade Sea Turtle Group for working together to help this young sea turtle in need. Mary will continue her care here at The Turtle Hospital, stay tuned for more updates on her recovery. Make sure to send her well wishes during your upcoming visit to The Turtle Hospital. 

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