Patient Status: Released on July 6, 2017
Date Found: March 22, 2016
Location Found: John’s Pass, Pinellas County, FL
Reason for Rescue: Hooked by fisherman
WEIGHT: 8.65 kg (19.07 lbs)
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 41.6 cm (16.4 in)
EXAM FINDINGS: Fibropapillomas (“paps”) found in eyes and on plastron. Mild epibiota (organism that lives on the surface of another organism).
INITIAL TREATMENT: Received vitamins, fluids, and antibiotics
Gryffindor is a juvenile green sea turtle that was accidentally hooked by a fisherman at John’s Pass, FL on March 22, 2016. Gryffindor was found to have numerous small to medium external fibropapilloma tumors.
Fibropapillomatosis is a virus that is common in juvenile green sea turtles, causing cauliflower-like tumors to grow on their soft tissues. This virus is very contagious amongst green sea turtles so once a turtle with this virus comes into our facility, it is quarantined in our Intensive Care Unit.
Although the cause of this virus is still unknown, you can help by keeping our oceans clean of trash and chemical pollutants.
FUN FACT: Gryffindor sounds like Darth Vader when he breathes
3/22/16: Tested in water to check swimming ability.
3/24/16: X-ray looks good!
4/14/16 – 6/1/17: Pap removal surgeries, allowing time in between for healing.
6/29/17: Gryffindor has been cleared for release!
All marine turtle footage taken in Florida was obtained with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles. Footage was acquired while conducting authorized conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-17-172.