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Reason for Stranding
A visitor reported Flounder struggling to dive in the South Padre Island shipping channel. Monofilament line loosely entangled around both front flippers and neck.
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.
Ways to help Flounder's Recovery
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.