- Patient Status
- Date Found
- February 5, 2021
- Indian Rocks Beach; Pinellas County
- Reason for Rescue
- Stranded on beach; cold body temperature
- 4.51 kg (9.9 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 34.2 cm
- Exam Findings
- Lethargic but responsive; cold body temperature. Fibropapilloma tumors on both eyes.
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins, antibiotics & fluids.
Quinten is a juvenile, green sea turtle who was found stranded on Indian Rocks Beach in Pinellas County on February 5, 2021. Upon intake, he had a low body temperature which was due to the local area’s recent drop in air and water temperature. he also had fibropapilloma tumors (pap tumors) on both eyes. his initial treatment consists of slowly warming up his body temperature, vitamin injections, antibiotics, and fluids.
Quinten was placed in water for a swim test. Due to his lethargy and floating, Quinten was placed in a kiddie pool to help him achieve good breaths. We will continue to increase his swim time as he improves!
We are continuing to do glucose checks and give fluids if needed.
X-rays were performed and nothing obvious was seen!
We are continuing to do glucose checks and give fluids as needed.
Quinten has started showing interest in food and was started on a diet!
He is able to be in deep water the majority of the day outside of his kiddie pool!
Quinten is able to be in deep water all day and overnight!
He has started on oral antibiotics.
Quinten went for a routine CT scan and no obvious internal tumors were seen!
Quinten was cleared to have sugery! Quinten was placed under general anesthesia and all fibropapilloma tumors, including eye tumors, were successfully removed.
Over the next few weeks we will be monitoring the surgical sites for healing and regrowth. Quinten will also be placed on eye drops to help the eyes heal properly.
Quinten’s surgical sites are continuing to heal.
He is continuing to improve and is gaining weight!
Quinten went for a recheck CT scan based on findings in a recent physical to check for signs of disease progression. No internal tumors seen!
Quinten’s surgical sites are healing well.
Quinten went for another routine recheck CT scan to check for signs of disease progression. No obvious abnormalities seen!
Quinten was cleared to have his second pap removal surgery and surgery went well! All tumors were successfully removed.
Over the next few weeks we will be monitoring the surgical sites for healing and regrowth.
Quinten is continuing on medicated eye drops to encourage healing.
Quinten is one week post surgery and is recovering well and showing no issues.
He is continuing to eat well!
Regrowth and new tumor growth were observed on Quinten’s recent exam.
Unfortunately due to the significant disease progression since his last surgery, Quinten was humanely euthanized.
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.