- Patient Status
- Date Found
- December 28, 2022
- South Anclote Island; Pinellas County
- Reason for Rescue
- cold body temperature
- 3.34 kg (7.3 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 29.6 cm
- Exam Findings
- Good body condition. Cold body temperature, Minimal and small fibropapilloma tumors present.
- Initial Treatment
Haleakala Valley’s Story
Haleakala is a juvenile green sea turtle who was found washed ashore on Anclote Island on December 28. Haleakala experienced acute hypothermia due to our local cold weather, and their body temperature was back to normal values the next day! Haleakala has minimal fibropapilloma tumors present. We are hopeful for a quick recovery!
INTERESTING FACT: Haleakala is named after Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, USA.
Haleakala is able to be in water all day and overnight! There are no concerning swimming behaviors being observed, and they are eating well!
Haleakala went for a CT scan, no obvious internal tumors seen!
Haleakala is continuing to eat well and is gaining weight! Haleakala will be ready for surgery soon!
Haleakala was placed under general anesthesia for fibropapilloma tumor removal surgery. All tumors were successfully removed! Haleakala is recovering well day after and already started eating! We will monitor these surgical sites for healing and regrowth over the next few weeks.
Haleakla has received a clean bill of health from our veterinarian!
Haleakala was successfully released at Honeymoon Island!
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-23/24-172.