Date Stranded: October 28, 2019

Reason for Stranding

Entanglement/Fibropapillomatosis Virus

Patient History

A visitor reported Flounder struggling to dive in the South Padre Island shipping channel. Monofilament line loosely entangled around both front flippers and neck.

Patient Injuries

Although there is no damage from the fishing line, Flounder does have fibropapillomatosis virus. This virus causes tumors to grow on soft tissues. You will see tumors on Flounder’s flippers and eye. This turtle will go in for surgery to have these tumors removed. Flounder also has tags! The metal tags you see on the front flippers indicate that this turtle was most likely a previous rehabilitation patient in a different location.

Patient Treatments

Antibiotics, Fluids, Vitamin B (to increase appetite/energy)

Ways to help Flounder's Recovery

Adopt Flounder

One of the three primary missions at Sea Turtle, Inc. is rehabilitation. We work hard to rescue and return every sea turtle back to the wild. Proceeds from this adoption will go directly to purchase needed medical supplies, veterinary exams, x-rays, food and general care for our rehab turtles.

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Sea Turtle, Inc. is dependent on donations to fund our mission; we do not receive any governmental support. Because Sea Turtle, Inc. is a non-profit 501(C)(3), your contributions are tax deductible. We thank you for your support!

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