Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: September 11, 2022
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce Inlet, FL
Admission Weight: 17.3 lbs.
Initial Condition: Neurologic disease, Pneumonia, Fibropapillomatosis
Coral is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found floating in the surf in the Fort Pierce Inlet. The turtle is displaying neurological abnormalities which may indicate a problem in the brain. Pneumonia appears to be a secondary complication. Coral also has fibropapillomatosis, which are cancerous growths caused by a virus. Coral was named by the kind people who rescued her.
Patient requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the patient's treatment.
Patient is off all medications.
After resolution of the neurologic signs and pneumonia, Coral’s tumors were removed with a CO2 laser (2 from the left front flipper, 1 from the left hind flipper, and 1 from the left eye). Once these surgical sites have healed, Coral can be released.
9/14/2022 - New patient.