Jak's Story

Jak was originally rescued from the Deerfield Beach International Pier in 2017 after being hooked by a fisherman. After undergoing surgery to remove the hook, Jak was released in Boca Raton, FL. Since then, Jak has since been captured three more times at the Deerfield Pier with fishing hook interactions. Each time, the hooks were successfully removed. When healthy, Jak will now be released two hours north of the pier near abundant seagrass habitat in hopes that he will stay away from fishing piers!

Close up of a green sea turtle laying on a towel.


Species: Green Sea Turtle
Age: Juvenile (~3-5 yrs)

Location: Deerfield Beach, FL
Concern: Fishing Hook
Status: Released

Weight: 2.3 kg 5.07 lbs

Updates

2019-Oct-23 Jak has recovered from all hook related injuries. A satellite transmitter was applied prior to release. Jak was released in sea grass habitat near Vero Beach, FL to discourage a return to the pier.
2019-Sep-20 Monitoring blood work to determine if ready for release.
2019-Aug-29 Fishing hook found in fecal.
2019-Aug-25 Began tube feeding 10 cc mineral oil daily to facilitate hook passing.
2019-Aug-18 X-rays confirmed the hook had passed into his upper GI. Started administering 10 cc mineral oil in food daily.
2019-Aug-17 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier after swallowing a hook. Taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
2019-Aug-13 Released at Spanish River Park, FL.
2019-Aug-06 Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2019-Jul-30 Removed sutures. Recovering well.
2019-Jul-02 Underwent hook removal surgery for remaining fish hooks.
2019-Jun-29 Passed 2 inch white string in fecal.
2019-Jun-18 One hook found in fecal.
2019-Jun-15 Started on antibiotic medication. Hold off on oral medication and feeding until hooks are removed.
2019-Jun-14 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier after ingesting 4 fishing hooks and taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
2017-Dec-06 Released from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL.
2017-Nov-25 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier after hooked by a fisherman. Hook removed by fisherman. Brought to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
2017-Oct-10 Released from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL.
2017-Sep-25 Hook removed from flipper. Freshwater bath to remove barnacles.
2017-Sep-25 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier with fishing hook in flipper and taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.