Gibbous's Story

Gibbous was found in Brevard County, lethargic and covered in barnacles. She was taken to the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center and later transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Multiple internal infections were discovered and treated. After making a full recovery, Gibbous was released from Pineda Beach Park in St. Lucie County.

A green sea turtle laying on a treatment table.

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

Location: Brevard County, FL
Concern: Lethargic & Barnacles
Status: Released

Weight: 3.0 kg 6.61 lbs


2019-May-21 Released at Pineda Beach Park in St. Lucie County.
2019-Apr-23 Discontinued MLS laser therapy and honey & silver sulfadiazine treatments.
2019-Apr-10 Discontinued antibiotic medication.
2019-Mar-26 Discontinued nebulizer treatment.
2019-Mar-03 Started on nebulizer treatment for lung infection.
2019-Mar-02 Barnacles caused sections of keratin to peel off of carapace. Started on honey & silver sulfadiazine treatment daily for carapace wounds. Began MLS laser therapy daily.
2019-Feb-27 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and started on antibiotic medication. Freshwater bath to remove barnacles.
2019-Feb-26 Rescued in Brevard County and taken to the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center.