Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: July 31, 2021
Stranding Location: Dania Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 49.5 lbs.
Current Weight: 49.5 lbs.
Issue: Entanglement Trauma
Athena is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating near the Dania Beach Pier in Broward County. Athena has severe ligature wounds around both front flippers and neck caused by monofilament fishing line. Athena will receive treatment and be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine diagnostics.
Patient requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the patient's treatment.
Patient is off all medications.
11/01/2021 - Final Update: Athena arrived at LMC's hospital in critical condition due to the severity of the front flipper wounds caused by monofilament entanglement. The entanglement resulted in the amputation of the right front flipper and had badly compromised the left front flipper. Athena was unable to swim and could only be kept in shallow water due to the injuries.
The decision was made to euthanize after it was clear that the remaining left flipper could not be stabilized or be made functional. It was in the turtle's best interest to not live out it's life unable to swim or perform normal activities in the water.
09/06/2021 - Athena has been making considerable progress considering the type of trauma she suffered. Aside from the entanglement wounds, she is in otherwise acceptable health. Athena is undergoing both conventional and integrative medical therapies, including bone-healing ultrasonic treatment. Athena’s prognosis is guarded.
08/23/2021 - New Patient