2022.03.31 Patient Updates


Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta, caretta)

Arrival Date
: September 27, 2022
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, FL (transfer from Zoo Miami)

Initial Weight
: 387.2 lbs.
Current Weight: 387.2 lbs.

Initial Condition: Sharkbite Injury

Baymax is an adult, female loggerhead sea turtle patient that was recovered on May 22, 2022 from the St. Lucie Power Plant canal with a severely injured left front flipper, presumed to be caused by a shark bite. After receiving initial care, which included the amputation of its left front flipper at Zoo Miami, the turtle was transferred to LMC for continued care. Infection is evident in the amputation site stump and will be surgically addressed as soon as possible. There is evidence of inflammation and possibly infection in the joints of the right front flipper. This is being managed by regional limb perfusion (RLP) with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications.


Sea_turtle_icon(green) Good Condition
Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Fair Condition
Sea_turtle_icon(red)Poor Condition

Patient requires continued treatment but is progressing well.

Minor adjustments have been made to the patient's treatment.

Patient is off all medications.


10/14/2022 - - Unfortunately Baymax is no longer with us. Baymax was taken to surgery yesterday, where we removed a large amount of necrotic bone and pockets of infected tissue. She recovered well from surgery. Unfortunately, despite intensive care, Baymax was doing very poorly this morning and so we made the difficult decision to euthanize the turtle.

10/6/2022 - - Baymax is not eating well (despite a variety of offerings) and is not clotting her blood normally. This is delaying her surgery.

9/27/2022 - - New Patient