Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded June 6, 2019
Location of Stranding Sanibel Pier in Sanibel, FL
Date of Arrival June 7, 2019
Number of Days of Care 172 days

Final Disposition

11/25/2019  Lizzie was released off of Lido Beach in Sarasota, FL!


06/06/2019  The turtle was brought to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) after it was found near Sanibel Pier with fishing line wrapped so tight around its front left flipper that it was cutting into the bone. Fibropapilloma tumors are also present. At CROW the fishing line was removed and turtle was given antibiotics.

06/07/2019  CROW does not have the ability to treat fibropapilloma tumors so turtle was transferred to Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Hospital. Turtle was deemed "Lizzie" by the volunteer who drove it up from CROW. Lizzie had radiographs taken, blood drawn, a weight taken, subcutaneous fluids, and continuation of the antibiotics. Lizzie is now in a tank with low water level and is swimming well. Ate decently when first offered.

06/12/2019  To cut down on handling Lizzie, antibiotics were tempoarily discontinued. This will give Lizzie's flipper time to heal.

06/17/2019  Lizzie is now eating seafood, seagrass, and lettuce regularly. Lizzie's tank water was raised to full level.

07/26/2019  Lizzie had surgery to remove the injured flipper and the fibropapilloma tumors. Lizzie was given an injectable antibiotic but once eating again Lizzie will be on an oral version.

07/29/2019  Lizzie is starting to get used to swimming with 3 flippers! Lizzie defecated this morning and then ate the most seafood since before surgery.

08/19/2019  Lizzie has been doing great! Lizzie is back to eating like before surgery and has a full water level in the tank.

10/14/2019  Lizzie has recovered well from the procedure's. So far there have been no recurrence of fibropapilloma tumors. Lizzie needs a slight improvement in blood work values before being considered for release.

11/21/2019  Lizzie has been medically cleared for release!

11/25/2019  Lizzie was released at Lido Beach by Mote staff

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