Patient Status: Released on September 5, 2018.
Date Found: April 27, 2018.
Location Found: Tierra Verde Marina.
Reason for Rescue: Found circling at the surface of the water, paps on both eyes, very heavy epibiota (barnacles and sponges) on carapace (shell).
WEIGHT: 8.4 kg (18.48 lbs)
SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH): 38.7 cm (15.24 in)
EXAM FINDINGS: Alert but quiet; a large amount of sponge and barnacles on carapace; depression of carapce; small paps in all quadrants.
INITIAL TREATMENT: Received fluids and vitamins.
Swiss, a juvenile green sea turtle, was found circling at the surface of the water on April 27, 2018, near Tierra Verde Marina. His carapace was heavily encrusted with sponges and barnacles, creating a depression as a result. There were fibropapilloma tumors found on and around his eyes and in all quadrants of his body. Upon arrival, Swiss received fluids and vitamins.
NAMING THEME: Cheese.
INTERESTING FACT: Had 3 kg of sponges/barnacles on carapace.
5/1/18 — CT scans.
5/17/18 — Ready for fibropapilloma 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.