- Patient Status
- Released – January 20, 2022
- Date Found
- September 21, 2021
- Daytona Beach; Volusia County
- Reason for Rescue
- 3.6 kg (7.92 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 30.4 cm
- Exam Findings
- Fishing line was wrapped around rear flipper fibropapilloma tumors but did not cause any injuries; tumors on both eyes. Patient is very active and responsive.
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins & fluids.
Iggy is a juvenile, green sea turtle who was found entangled near Daytona Beach in Volusia County. The fishing line was wrapped on fibropapilloma tumors (pap tumors) and did not cause any injuries. Iggy was transferred to CMA from Volusia County Marine Science Center on September 21, 2021, as we are able to care for patients with pap tumors. Iggy also has a heavy pap tumor load on both eyes and all flippers that hopefully can be removed surgically following more diagnostics. Iggy’s initial treatment plan consists of vitamin injections and fluids.
INTERESTING FACT: Iggy is a part of our Sitcom Characters naming theme. Iggy is from Taxi!
Iggy was swim tested for the first time. Due to floating behavior, Iggy was placed in a kiddie pool to help achieve good breaths.
We will continue to increase monitored swim time as Iggy improves.
We have been offering food daily and Iggy is eating well!
Iggy is able to be in water all day and overnight.
Iggy went for a routine CT scan and no obvious internal tumors seen!
We are continuing to do glucose checks and give fluids as needed.
Iggy is improving and able to be in deep water all day!
Iggy is no longer showing any floating behaviors.
We are monitoring Iggy’s appetite as it has declined in the last few days.
Iggy was started on injectable antibiotics based on his recent exam and labwork.
Iggy’s appetite has improved.
We are continuing to do injectable antibiotics and give fluids as needed.
Iggy has significantly improved over the last two weeks! He is eating well and will hopefully be ready for surgery soon!
Iggy is ready for surgery!
Iggy successfully had all pap tumors removed. He is recovering well! Over the next few weeks, we will monitor the surgical sites for healing and regrowth. Iggy was started on eye medications to help the eyes heal properly post surgery. Interesting fact: Iggy’s weight pre and post surgery difference was 1.2 lbs! That’s large amount of tumor load removed!
Iggy is almost one month post surgery and is healing well! He has received a clean bill of health from our veterinarian!
Iggy was successfully released on the east coast of Florida!
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-19-172.