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Loggerhead sea turtle Spade

The Sea Turtle Healing Center cares for sick or injured sea turtles found primarily along the nearby Florida coast. While this facility is not open to the public, the effects of its work impact local sea turtle populations. An in-county facility means a shorter drive for patients, resulting in less stress and quicker treatment for distressed turtles.

Name: Spade

Species: Loggerhead

Date admitted: February 8, 2022

Stranding location: Canaveral National Seashore

Status: In treatment

Admission notes: This sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle stranded on February 8 at Canaveral National Seashore. Spade presented extremely emaciated, dehydrated and covered in encrusting barnacles. This turtle’s carapace is also oddly shaped. They are missing most of their marginal scutes, which gives them their rounded heart shape, leaving Spade in more of the shape of a, well, spade. We are unsure if this is congenital or from an injury. It took a little while, but they started to eat and we are hoping we can get some weight on this sea turtle. Spade has been picky about what they are eating, but we know they will always eat a nice big squid for us!



March 24, 2022: Spade has moved into a bigger pool and is loving their extra-large “bug” enrichment. This sea turtle has been eating consistently, and more than just squid! Spade has had their diet increased to get some weight on this skinny sea turtle.

Have you found a sea turtle that needs help? Visit this page or call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at 321-206-0646.

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