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.
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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: Ricky has undergone another surgery. The 2 hooks he originally ingested created a large tear in his lung. Dr. Pelton surgically stitched areas that are not healing as well for faster recovery. Ricky is recovering out of water to let him heal and conserve energy. He has started to eat some solid food but will continue to receive twice daily TPN nutritional IV supplements.
Species: Kemp's Ridley
Date Admitted:September 17th, 2014
Where Found: Pier 60
Cause of Admit: Stranded with Hook Ingestion
Current Condition: Scarface is no longer receiving the TPN IV treatment. He is eating some solid food and supplementing his nutrition with tube feedings.
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.
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.