Toscana, our new sea turtle patient

Toscana is one of our newest patients that arrived on November 13, 2013.  She is juvenile green sea turtle that was washed ashore on Highland Beach. Upon a thorough examination, it was apparent that she was suffering from a severe infection. She has severely infected open cavities on her plastron;  at this time the cause is unknown. She is missing her left front flipper from what appears to be an entanglement and has a laceration on her posterior end which is likely from a boat strike. As if this wasn’t enough, she began passing monofilament and pieces of plastic trash bags in her fecal a few days ago.  Toscana is currently undergoing treatment in the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.