Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: April 25, 2021
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 117.13 lbs.
Current Weight: 121 lbs.
Parrothead is a subadult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found by biologists from Inwater Research Group at FPL’s St. Lucie site. The turtle has healed trauma to its carapace most likely caused by an unintentional boat strike. Parrothead will receive treatment and be closely monitored by hospital staff with routine diagnostics. This turtle was originally captured, tagged, and released by biologists from Inwater Research Group on March 9, 2016.
The turtle requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the turtle's treatment.
The turtle is off all medications.
06/08/2021 - Parrothead was released from Loggerhead Park on June 8, 2021. - View video here >
06/04/2021 - Parrothead is in remarkably good health considering the profound trauma the turtle experienced. The wound continues to remodel, but it has functionally healed. Parrothead's caudal spine was severed and the patient does not have use of its rear flippers. Parrothead has been medically cleared for release this month.
05/07/2021 - Parrothead is in remarkably good health considering the profound trauma the turtle experienced. The wound continues to remodel, but it has functionally healed. Parrothead’s caudal spine was severed and the patient does not have use of its rear flippers, but will likely be able to be released without complication. Parrothead’s prognosis is good.
04/29/2021 - New Patient