Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: June 18, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 65.21 lbs.
Current Weight: 71.4 lbs.

Issue: Chronic Debilitation

Willis is a large juvenile loggerhead patient that was found at FPL's St. Lucie site with a heavy epibiota load (barnacles and saltwater leeches attached) on its carapace (upper shell), plastron (lower shell) and soft tissue. The turtle is slightly underweight, and bloodwork shows early signs of chronic debilitation (overall poor health due to starvation). Willis is also missing most of its right rear flipper due to an unknown trauma. We will continue to monitor bloodwork closely as we treat Willis.

Our sea turtle "Willis" is named in honor of Willis Carrier, the inventor of modern air conditioning. Carrier Corporation, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, is a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. The company is committed to supporting their neighbors in Palm Beach County and contributing to a more sustainable, protected environment. Thank you, Carrier Corporation, for your generous support to further LMC's mission.



Sea_turtle_icon(green) This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.


08/23/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis will be released August. 28!

08/16/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis has been cleared for release in the next two weeks.

08/09/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis has been tagged and its white cell count is remaining normal. Turtle will be considered for release soon.

08/05/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis has been taken off all medication. We are planning to tag the turtle in the near future.

07/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis’s white cell count is remaining normal and will likely be taken off medication soon.

07/18/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis’s white cell count is down to normal.

07/12/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis’s white cell count went up slightly, so its treatment regimen has been changed.

07/04/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis’s white cell count is normal

06/27/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Willis is doing well and has a good appetite.

06/20/2019 -  New patient