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Name: Margarita

Species: Green

Date admitted: February 22, 2019

Stranding location: Micco

Status: In treatment

Admission notes: This turtle came to us on February 22—National Margarita Day—and was found swimming by Outriggers restaurant in the Indian River. They arrived with two propeller lacerations to the back portion of their shell, but luckily did not hit the vertebra and the turtle still has most functions of their rear flippers. Margarita has already acclimated to their new pool, is eating and began medications to prevent infections from their wounds and help with buoyancy. Margarita is already showing us their big personality!



May 24, 2019: Margarita was taken off of their GI medications. We will be watching for changes in buoyancy.

May 17, 2019: Margarita’s eyes are still healing from FP removal, as well as the axial and inguinal areas. Unfortunately, the fibrinous tissue that covers the removal areas is not healing as quickly as the skin around it wants to grow back, so we may have to debride a lot of the areas before they turn into abscesses.

May 9, 2019: This turtle is slow to eat their lettuce, but loves their proteins and algae. In an attempt to increase their PCV, we have increased the amount of clam in their diet. Clam is rich in iron!

April 24, 2019: This turtle is amazing. Margarita has endured so much—between a boat strike, growing FP and two FP removal surgeries—but they continue to thrive and eat their fish with great enthusiasm. Their hematocrit dropped after surgery but with being such a great patient, we think they will bounce back quick.

April 12, 2019: Margarita is healing nicely and is now tumor free!

April 4, 2019: Margarita continues to heal well from the FP removal surgery! We are still hopeful that this turtle will be FP-free in the near future.

March 28, 2019: Margarita is healing from the FP removal surgery very well! Their next session to remove some of the remaining tumors is on the calendar, so hopefully this turtle will be FP-free sometime soon!

March 21, 2019: Margarita went in for FP removal surgery this week! This turtle did fantastic and came out of anesthesia quickly. Tumors on their eyes and a few various ones on their flippers were removed.

March 13, 2019: Margarita is looking fantastic! This turtle started passing fecals regularly, showing us that their boat strike did not affect their GI motility.