Name: Betty Boop
Date admitted: June 18, 2018
Stranding location: Melbourne Beach
Admission notes: Two of our Sea Turtle Healing Center volunteers, Callie and Nancy, found this emaciated, lethargic, sub-adult green turtle struggling in south Melbourne Beach.
September 8, 2018: Betty Boop was not responding to treatment for a severe systemic fungal infection. We determined it best to humanely euthanize this turtle. Betty was a male. The lungs, esophagus and small intestine were visually abnormal. We have sent samples to a pathology lab that specializes in fungus, so we will have a better idea of what to do if a future turtle presents a similar problem.
August 25, 2018: Betty Boop had a CT scan last week and there was no evidence of internal FP tumors. Veterinary staff will perform a scope procedure on Betty this week to get a look at the healing progress of the fungal infection in her trachea. This turtle will not eat on her own and still must be tube-fed.
August 10, 2018: Betty Boop is still not willing to eat on her own. She will have a blood recheck next week. If we don’t see improvement by then, we will set her up for a CT scan at the local veterinary emergency clinic. This test will give our vets a better idea of what is going on inside Betty.
July 30, 2018: The fungal infection is slowly progressing with her treatment plan. Fungal infections typically take a few months to clear so we’re hoping once her body can combat her anemia, she will start eating on her own.
July 23, 2018: Betty Boop is still super wiggly when she’s on the table for her treatments and is still being tube-fed the gruel mixture and treating her fungal infection. We’ve also added iron to her treatment every three days.
July 15, 2018: There hasn’t been much change in Betty’s condition. She continues to be active out of water during treatments but still refuses to eat. We’re tube-feeding her a gruel mixture with her oral medications.
July 9, 2018: Betty is doing better; we’re treating her fungal infection and she has become more active. Very sick turtles often have dull colored skin but with medication, rest and proper nutrition, we slowing see color return. Betty is starting to get more vibrant which is a great sign.
July 2, 2018: Betty’s biopsy came back as a fungal infection, which is great news! She began receiving treatment last week and is already showing improvement. She’s actively swimming around her tank and moves more outside of water, too. Red algae seems to be her food of choice.
June 25, 2018: Betty remains emaciated and lethargic. Unfortunately, she also has Caryopsora parasites in her fecal and external FP tumors. We’re concerned about the condition of her internal organs. We found two masses in her trachea which we biopsied and sent for pathology. If those internal tumors are positive for FP, we will have to euthanize her.