Doctor Strange's Story

Doctor Strange was rescued from St. Lucie Inlet, FL with fibropapilloma tumors and entangled in fishing line. Loggerhead Marinelife Center initially responded to the stranding then transferred Doctor Strange to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Doctor Strange had fishing line coming out of its mouth and tangled around its flippers and tumors. Radiographs confirmed there were no hooks.

Close up of a green sea turtle laying upside down on a treatment table with fishing line coming out of its mouth.

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

Location: St. Lucie Inlet, FL
Concern: Fibropapillomatosis & Entanglement
Status: Euthanized

Weight: 4.8 kg 10.5 lbs


2019-Oct-22 Aggressive tumors were found in mouth during surgery. Veterinarian determined the tumors were too severe and humane euthanasia was prescribed. 
2019-Sep-15 Continue supportive care to prepare for tumor removal surgery.
2019-Sept-8 Passed a large amount of braided nylon line.
2019-Sept-7 Passed a few inches of braided nylon line.
2019-Aug-31 Rechecked blood chemistry to adjust medications.
2019-Aug-26 Began tube feeding mineral oil daily to facilitate line passing.
2019-Aug-25 Fibropapilloma tumors located on Doctor Strange's flippers and on eyes. Radiographs revealed there are no internal hooks, but some fishing line has been ingested. Administered routine antibiotics and fluids for supportive care.
2019-Aug-24 Entangled fishing line removed from around tumors. Swallowed remaining portion of line.
2019-Aug-24 Rescued from St. Lucie Inlet, FL by Loggerhead Marinelife Center covered with fibropapilloma tumors and entangled in fishing line. Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center due to fibropapilloma tumors.