- Patient Status
- Date Found
- February 3, 2022
- Brevard County
- Reason for Rescue
- 7.16 kg (15.8 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 40.1 cm
- Exam Findings
- Active. Good body condition. Amputated left front flipper. Ligature injuries on neck.
- Initial Treatment
Tri is a juvenile green sea turtle who was found entangled in Brevard County on Feb. 3rd. Due to the severity of the entanglement, Tri’s left front flipper was amputated. Sea turtles are still releasable if they are missing one front flipper. Tri also had all fibropapilloma tumors removed surgically while at Brevard Zoo. Over the next several weeks, we will be monitoring the amputation site for healing and tumor removal sites for tumor regrowth.
INTERESTING FACT: Named previously by Brevard Zoo
Tri is doing well in water. She was initially placed in a kiddie pool due to her inactivity to help her achieve good breaths. We are slowly increasing swim time as she improves. Tri is showing interest in food!
Tri is able to be in deep water all day and overnight! She is able to dive well with no issues with missing a front flipper. She is also resting on the bottom. Eating well!
Tri is continuing to do well!
Tri was started on oral antibiotics based on recent labwork.
Tri’s sutures were removed from flipper amputation site. It is healing well!
Tri is off medications!
Tri had a quick surgery to address pap tumor regrowth.
Tri recovered well day of procedure and is eating all and swimming well!
Tri was started back on antibiotics based on recent labwork.
Tri is off antibiotics!
Tri was successfully released at Pelican Beach Park in Brevard County with the assistance of Sea Turtle Preservation Society and Brevard Zoo!
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-21/22-172A.