Black Panther's Story

Black Panther was rescued from Fort Pierce, FL with fibropapilloma tumors and entangled in fishing line. Loggerhead Marinelife Center removed the hook and the entanglment from around Black Panther's neck. Black Panther was then transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center where his tumors were removed.

Close up of a green sea turtle laying on a treatment table.

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

Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Concern: Fibropapillomatosis & Hook
Status: Released

Weight: 5.28 kg 11.6 lbs


2019-Dec-12 Released in Fort Pierce, FL.
2019-Nov-22 No tumor regrowth observed. Veterinarian cleared for release. 
2019-Oct-15 No tumor regrowth observed. Wounds healing well. 
2019-Sep-18 Apply honey daily to surgical sites. 
2019-Sep-17 Surgery to remove Fibropapilloma tumors.
2019-Aug-20 Passed 41 inches of braided fishing line.
2019-Aug-19 Passed 10 inches of braided fishing line.
2019-Aug-4 Started on 2cc of mineral oil in food every day to help with passing the fishing line.
2019-Aug-1 Tube fed mineral oil to help aid in passing fishing line.
2019-Jul-30 Removed 1/2 of sutures.
2019-Jul-29 Passed few inches of stiff plastic fishing line.
2019-Jul-28 Passed 18" of braided fishing line.
2019-Jul-23 Fibropapilloma tumors are located on Black Panther's flippers and on eyes. Radiographs revealed some fishing line had been ingested. No internal hooks.
2019-Jul-23 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center because of fibropapilloma tumors. Started on antibiotic medication.
2019-Jul-22 Rescued from Fort Pierce, FL covered with fibropapilloma tumors and entangled in fishing line. Taken to Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Entangled fishing line removed from around neck.