- Patient Status
- Date Found
- December 12, 2020
- Holiday, FL; Pasco County
- Reason for Rescue
- Floating & Entangled
- 5.22 kg (11.5 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 37.6 cm
- Exam Findings
- Quiet but responsive; Monofilament entangled around pap tumors. Moderate amount of leeches.
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins, antibiotics & fluids.
York is a juvenile, green sea turtle who was found floating near Holiday, FL on December 12, 2020. He had monofilament line entangled around several front flipper fibropapilloma (pap) tumors. The fishing line was successfully removed and did not cause any injuries. He also has pap tumors on both eyes. Upon intake, he was also covered in a moderate amount of leeches. His initial treatment includes vitamin injections, antibiotics, and fluids.
York was placed in water for a swim test for a few hours. Due to his lethargy and floating, he 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.
York went for a routine CT scan. No obvious internal tumors seen!
He is continuing to do well in water.
He has started showing interest in food and has started on a diet!
York is able to be in deep water all day and overnight!
He is eating well and his diet has been increased!
York is continuing to do well and is gaining weight!
York was cleared to have surgery, was placed under general anesthesia, and successfully had all pap tumors removed. The surgery went well.
Unfortunately, York unexpectedly declined the next day. Our vet team continued to provide closely monitored care and treatments. York continued to not improve and was humanely euthanized. A necropsy was performed to help determine the cause of his decline.
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.