Closed Today

Behind the Scenes banner

Green sea turtle Finn

Name: Finn

Species: Green

Date admitted: December 12, 2019

Stranding location: Indian River

Status: In treatment

Admission notes: This juvenile green sea turtle came to us after stranding in the Indian River near Sebastian Inlet. The turtle presented with a fishing line wrapped around every flipper, cutting deep into the front left flipper and causing lacerations. The line had to be cut out by a veterinarian. Besides their tangled predicament, this turtle has great body condition and a spunky disposition.



April 2, 2020: We are still waiting for the barium to pass out of this turtle, but progress is being made. Finn has had a history of not eating the lettuce and veggies being offered, but we tried something a little special this week—green beans—and Finn gobbled them up.

March 30, 2020: Finn is doing much better. This turtle is still undergoing a barium study to watch how their GI moves. So far, our veterinary team is happy to report that there are no complications in this turtle’s ability to eat or pass fecal!

March 12, 2020: Finn doesn’t stink anymore! We are continuing with daily radiographs for the barium study until it passes. This turtle came out for their monthly workup this week and we are seeing small improvements in their blood values.

March 5, 2020: Finn is having a tough time regaining good blood values after their surgery. This turtle’s PCV remains low and they began to develop a smell, which originated their mouth. An exploratory endoscopy was performed, but could not uncover what this awful smell was. A barium study was also performed to see if anything could be uncovered in the GI.

February 10, 2020: Finn had FP removal surgery on January 23 and we were able to take off all the tumors in one procedure! This turtle has been recovering great and still has a good appetite. Finn had a tumor on their right eye, so this turtle spends 15 minutes each day dry-docked while topical ointment sets in to prevent infection. We make sure Finn is in a nice sunny spot when doing so!

January 16, 2020: This turtle has a great demeanor and loves using their bug EED to scratch on. They love scratching on anything, actually! Finn’s PCV is high enough for their first FP removal surgery, which is planned for next week!

January 3, 2020: Finn had no internal FP tumors on their preliminary CT scan. The deep laceration on this turtle’s left front flipper has been debrided several times by our veterinary staff and appears to be healing well. The inflammation on the flipper continues to subside as well. Finn continues to have a good appetite.

December 19, 2019: This turtle was caught by the UCF research team during netting and presented with fishing line entanglement on the left front flipper. Veterinary staff was able to untangle the flipper and clean the wound. Finn began eating on day one in their tank and we are currently awaiting CT results.