Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: September 11, 2022
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce Inlet, FL

Admission Weight
: 17.3 lbs.
Current Weight:

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.


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.


10/12/2022 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)- Coral was successfully released back in Fort Pierce Inlet.

10/6/2022 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)- Coral has received PIT tag and flipper tags in preparation for release.

9/27/2022 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)- 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 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)New patient.