Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: May 15, 2019
Stranding Location: Jupiter, FL
Initial Weight: 200.97 lbs.
Current Weight: 202.3 lbs.
Issue: unintentional Boat Strike
Hulk is an adult male green sea turtle patient that was found at Carlin Park in Jupiter with severe unintentional boat strike injuries to his carapace. The turtle’s wounds are being treated using VAC (vacuum-assisted closure) therapy that creates a negative pressure to promote healing of the fractures to the carapace. Hulk will remain dry docked to allow the wounds to heal, and will receive antibiotics and fluids as we treat his injuries.
This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.
There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.
More details to follow.
06/13/2019 - Hulk is showing signs of increased infection, so we are monitoring closely.
06/06/2019 - Hulk continues to do well. We are concerned that some of the bone in the boat strike area may be dying. Watching it closely.
05/30/2019 - Hulk is now in the water during the daytime and dry docked at night. We have found a new bandaging material that is working extraordinarily well.
05/23/2019 - Hulk has been moved to dry docking outside. So far, it appears that the fractures are beginning to heal.
05/16/2019 - New patient