Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: April 7, 2021
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 6.95 lbs.
Current Weight: 8.25 lbs.
Issue: Buoyancy Disorder
Buzzbee is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating and unable to dive in Jensen Beach. Radiographs taken upon admission revealed abnormalities in the lungs. Buzzbee 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.
07/26/2021 - Buzzbee was transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL on July 24, as the turtle was developing lesions associated with Fibropapillomatosis (FP). FP is a tumor-causing disease that affects some sea turtles. It causes cauliflower-like tumors to form on the skin anywhere on the body, including the eyes and mouth. Turtles that devlop this disease require specialized treatment protocols.
07/02/2021 - Buzzbee is making excellent progress. The turtle is now exhibiting normal swim behavior without the application of an external weight. Buzzbee’s prognosis is excellent.
06/04/2021 - Buzzbee is making good progress. The turtle's external carapacial weight has been reduced and its swimming behavior has been acceptable with the change. Buzzbee’s prognosis is good.
05/07/2021 - Buzzbee is making acceptable progress. The turtle continues to be fitted with an external weight on its lateral carapace and the hyperinflated lung is responding well to this therapy. Buzzbee’s prognosis is good.
04/08/2021 - New Patient