Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded February 7, 2018
Location of Stranding Sebastian Inlet State Park, Indian River County
Date of Arrival February 12, 2018
Number of Days of Care 162 days

Final Disposition



02/07/2018  Turtle was accidentally caught by a fisherman at Sebastian Inlet State Park in Indian River County on the east coast of Florida.  Turtle had swallowed fishing line and had line entangled around its head.  Aniaml's carapace was covered in algae and the plastron had leeches and leech eggs present.  There are also a number of fibropapilloma tumors present.  Animal was transported to Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center for triage.  Radiographs revealed no ingested fishing hook.  Animal was given subcutaneous fluids, antibiotic injections, and vitamin B injection.  

02/12/2018  "Mogul" was transferred by FWC to Mote for continued rehabilitation and to make space at Brevard Zoo's Sea Turtle Healing Center for new patients.  He will continue to receive an antibiotic injection every 3 days due to an elevation in white blood cell count.  

02/13/2018  Mogul foraged for all food types offered.

02/22/2018  Mogul defecated over 120 inches of monofilament fishing line.  He continues to eat well and is very active.  

04/07/2018  Mogul had surgery today to remove all of the fibropapilloma tumors present.  

04/11/2018  Mogul is recovering well following surgery.  Turtle is eating and swimming normally.

05/10/2018  Tumor removal sites are continuing to heal well.  Mogul is very active and eating well.  White blood cell count is elevated so will continue to monitor blood samples every few weeks.  

06/29/2018  Mogul is actively foraging for all food types and is gaining weight.  White blood cell count is improving and antibiotics were discontinued.

07/23/2018  Mogul was released at Canaveral National Seashore!

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