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Green sea turtle Walter

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: Walter

Species: Green

Date admitted: January 9, 2022

Stranding location: Volusia County

Status: Transferred

Admission notes: This juvenile green sea turtle stranded in Volusia County on January 9. They were found floating, struggling to swim, by a fisherman and brought to shore. Walter has a large load of FP tumors and is battling some chronic gas, making them very buoyant. Luckily for this little sea turtle, they have decent body condition and already have a great appetite! We will give Walter subcutaneous fluids until they can start passing fecal regularly and hopefully the gas will follow.



February 22, 2022: Walter was transferred to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon at the request of FWC to make room for local stranded turtles.

February 7, 2022: Walter went for a CT scan and the images revealed small nodules, so we will do monthly rechecks to watch for growth or multiplication of these growths. This sea turtles continues to eat very well and we keep bumping up the amount of food they receive to ensure they are maintaining their weight. Unfortunately, Walter’s bloodwork shows poor kidney function, so we will keep them on subcutaneous fluids to help flush out their system.


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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