Patient Status: Released on April 24, 2018.
Date Found: January 7, 2018.
Location Found: Bellaire, FL.
Reason for Rescue: Found stranded near Bellaire Beach.
WEIGHT: 12.96 kg (28.51 lbs)
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 47.3 cm (18.62 in)
EXAM FINDINGS: Right front flipper missing; alert and responsive; paps present.
INITIAL TREATMENT: received fluids, vitamins, and iron.
On January 7, 2018, a juvenile green sea turtle was found stranded near Bellaire Beach. Later named Juliet, the sea turtle was hypothermic and exhibited the fibropapilloma virus. Juliet had paps located on her left front flipper and smaller ones in other quadrants. She was placed in a rehabilitation pool once warmed up where she waited for her pap removal surgery.
NAMING THEME: NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
INTERESTING FACT: Juliet only has 3 flippers. The missing flipper is likely due to a healed previous injury and does not affect the sea turtle’s ability to properly swim, complete migrations or dive for food.
2/16/18 — CT scan.
2/28/18 — Pap removal surgery.
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-18-172.