Jak's Story

Jak was originally rescued from the Deerfield Beach International Pier in 2017 after being hooked by a fisherman. About two months later he was rescued again from the same pier after being hooked on another fishing line.  June 14, 2019, Jak was resuced a third time with four hooks, two lodged in his GI and two in his throat. He passed the two in his GI and the other two hooks were surgicially removed. Jak made a full recovery and was released at Spanish River Park, FL on August 13, 2019. Four days later, Jak was rescued again from the Deerfield Beach International Pier after being incidentally caught by a fisherman. Jak has swallowed the hook and is in treatment.

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-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.