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: Wallaby Way
Date admitted: September 24, 2021
Stranding location: Fort Pierce
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Wallaby Way is a juvenile green turtle who stranded in Fort Pierce on September 24. This turtle presented severely emaciated, dehydrated and with many fibropapillomatosis tumors. This turtle was so sickly, the FP tumors were easily falling off. They spent the first week at the Sea Turtle Healing Center in a kiddy pool, because they were too weak. This turtle has no interest in eating but eventually started to gain an appetite. Now this turtle is eating like a ham! They are still quite thin, but they look nothing like they did upon intake. We did a fecal analysis on this turtle and discovered a parasite we are not quite sure about, so a sample was sent off to identify properly.
November 15, 2021: This sea turtle has been gaining weight, slowly but surely! Wallaby Way has a little personality and is always curious about the volunteers cleaning their tank. Now that their health is getting a little better, their tumors have stopped falling off and they look better overall. Wallaby Way is still skinny and anemic, so they still have a ways to go. Staff is still monitoring their small lung nodule through monthly CT scans.
Have you found a sea turtle that needs help? Visit this page or call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at 321-206-0646.