These animals are currently receiving treatment at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. We are one of only three facilities that treat sea turtles with the fibropapilloma virus in our ICU. This virus causes the growth of tumors that can be removed surgically with variable success for regrowth.
Species: Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Where Found: Redington Beach
Date of Admit: July 4th, 2014
Cause of Admit: Calf was Stranded
Current Condition: On July 4, an Atlantic Spotted dolphin calf was found stranded on Redington Beach and brought to CMA for rehabilitation. We are providing her round the clock medical care, nutrition and evaluation. She is still undergoing rehabilitation and continues to receive fluids every few hours to provide nourishment. We are awaiting test results along with input from several government agencies, all which play a large part in what the future holds for this young dolphin.
Learn more about her progress here.
Where Found: Indian Shores
Cause of Admit: Disorientation
Current Condition: We have admitted our first loggerhead hatchling of the year into rehab at CMA. This particular hatchling was disoriented (likely due to artificial lighting along the beach, human induced) and was found by morning nesting patrol in the skimmer of a condo’s swimming pool in Indian Shores. Although in good condition, this hatchling is going to be in rehab with us for a while because it consumed most of its yolk sack swimming around the skimmer.
Name: Ricky Bobby
Species: Kemp’s Ridley
Where From: Indian Rocks Beach
Date Admitted: July 26th, 2014
Cause of Admit: Caught by fishermen, and had an old boat strike on carapace
Current Condition: Through an x-ray, we found Ricky Bobby actually had 2 hooks in his esophagus from separate incidents. The hooks have been removed and we are continuing wound care on his carapace to help it to heal.
Name: Indiana Jones
Where Found: Indian Shores Beach
Date of Admit: April 25th, 2014
Cause of Admit: Severe emaciation
Current Condition: Indiana Jones currently weighs 85 lbs and has gained over 15 pounds since she first arrived. She eats a full diet of solid food and is continuing to gain weight. She will remain in rehab until she reaches a normal healthy weight for her age range.
Where Found: Pasco County
Date of Admit: November 23rd, 2013
Cause of Admit: Ozzy was entangled in a crab trap, which broke her front right flipper.
Current Condition: Ozzy is now swimming in deeper water to increase the use of the injured flipper however, she still lacks full range of motion. The wounds related to the entanglement are nearly healed. Her progress continues to be assessed, but healing bones take a long time to mend.
Name: Han Solo
Where Found: A St. Petersburg Marina
Date of Admit: April 15th, 2014
Cause of Admit: Suspected boat strike that resulted in multiple lacerations on the plastron and on the rear of the carapace.
Current Condition: A brace, fastened to ensure the carapace heals smoothly and keeps a normal shape, has been removed. Han Solo is now swimming and eating well. Once his shell is fully healed, he will be a candidate for release.
Where Found: Ponce Inlet
Date of Admit: February 3rd, 2014
Cause of Admit: Caught by fisherman with two fishing hooks
Current Condition: Weezer’s hooks were both removed by the fisherman and injuries are healed. Weezer also has the Fibropapilloma Virus and has paps tumors on his plastron, flippers and inguinal area. He has undergone 2 laser surgeries to remove the tumors and is healing from these surgeries.
Name: Yankovic aka “Weird Al”
Where Found: The Panhandle
Date of Admit: February 7th, 2014
Cause of Admit: Cold Stun
Current Condition: Yankovic was a part of a mass stranding of turtles who couldn’t adjust to a sudden drop in ocean temperature. He also came in with the Fibropapilloma Virus. The virus has caused a multitude of tumors around his head, neck and flippers. He has had one pap removal but will have several more ahead of him.
Where Found: Citrus County
Date of Admit: March 23rd, 2013
Cause of Admit: Was stranded with wounds on his flippers and had 40% of his plastron exposed to the bone.
Current Condition: Tazo’s wounds have healed completely but he also has Fibropapilloma tumors present on his flippers, neck and eyes. Tazo has undergone a number of pap removal surgeries, and currently we are assessing his condition.
Name: Snoop Dogg
Where Found: Duval County
Date of Admit: January 10th, 2014
Cause of Admit: Unable to submerge with wounds on carapace that resemble a shark bite.
Current Condition: Snoop is on a full, solid food diet and is able to swim full time in deep water. His wounds have completely healedover. Snoop Dogg also has the fibropapilloma virus. He has had a pap removal in March and has recovered well. He will be undergoing a health assessment with the veterinarian soon to determine his treatment plan.
Where Found: Transfer from Volusia Marine Science Center in St. John’s County
Date of Admit: November 15th, 2013
Cause of Admit: Fibropapilloma Virus
Current Condition: Nugent has had some papilloma tumor surgery removals and we are currently monitoring his recovery.
Where Found: Transfer from Wakulla County; Found in Apalachee Bay
Date of Admit: November 12th, 2013
Cause of Admit: Fibropapilloma Virus, thin
Current Condition: Prince was admitted with a severe case of Fibropapilloma tumors. The tumors had grown over his eyes, severely limiting his vision and thus, his ability to forage for food. Since his admit, Prince has returned to a healthy weight and has undergone multiple tumor removal surgeries. He continues to heal from the removals.
Species: Kemp’s Ridley
Where From: St. Petersburg
Date Admitted: May 6th, 2014
Cause of Admit: Monofilament (fishing line) wrapped around both front flippers and rear left flipper
Current Condition: Similar to Winter’s injury, the fishing line created minor wounds around his front flippers and cut off the circulation to his left rear flipper, causing him to lose most of the flipper . Jumanji remains a critical case as the remaining portion of the rear flipper heals and he begins to eat more food on his own.