- Patient Status
- Released October 15, 2020
- Date Found
- March 2, 2020
- Anclote Power Plant; Pasco County.
- Reason for Rescue
- Found Floating.
- 11.7 kg (25.7 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 47.7 cm
- Exam Findings
- Alert and responsive with good body condition. Minor case of pap tumors.
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamin injections and fluids.
Calusa is a juvenile, green sea turtle who was found floating near the Anclote Power Plant in Pasco County. X-rays revealed there was an excess amount of air trapped in her body cavity. Calusa also has a minor case of pap tumors. Her initial treatment consists of vitamin injections, fluids and antibiotics.
INTERESTING FACT: Calusa is named after an ancient Native American tribe that lived along the west coast of Florida long before the arrival of Europeans.
A procedure was performed to help relieve the excess amount of air in her body cavity.
Calusa is doing well in water but we are still limiting her swim time. She ate for the first time! She will start on an official diet tomorrow. We are continuing to do glucose checks twice a day and are giving her fluids as needed.
She is continuing to improve and was started on oral medications.
Calusa is continuing to improve and eating well! She is still on oral medications.
Calusa was taken off of oral medications.
She is continuing to do well and improve. Her appetite is great!
Calusa was placed back on antibiotics but is continuing to do well.
Calusa is continuing on oral medications and is showing signs of improvement!
Calusa went for a CT scan, no obvious abnormalities noted. She has been cleared to have surgery to remove pap tumors. Calusa’s diet was also adjusted to include more greens.
Calusa had surgery to remove her pap tumors and the procedure went well. Over the next few weeks, we will be monitoring her surgical sites for healing and tumor regrowth.
Calusa is recovering very well from surgery. Her surgical sites have healed well! She has received a clean bill of health from our veterinarian!
Calusa was released at Fred Howard Park!
All marine turtle footage taken in Florida was obtained with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles. Footage was acquired while conducting authorized conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-18-172.