Tonks's Story

Tonks was rescued from Melbourne Beach, FL covered in barnacles. She was brought to Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center and later transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Multiple internal infections, including pneumonia, were discovered. 

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

Species: Green Sea Turtle
Age: Juvenile (~3-7 yrs)

Location: Melbourne Beach, FL
Concern: Covered in barnacles
Status: Released

Weight: 4.1 kg 9.0 lbs


2019-June-03 Released at Sebastian Inlet State Park.
2019-May-10 Discontinue laser therapy. Continue honey application.
2019-Apr-16 Continue MLS laser therapy daily and honey application.
2019-Mar-03 Shell is healing and becoming less sensitive.
2019-Feb-16 Started nebulizer treatment for pneumonia.
2019-Feb-12 Began honey & silver sulfadiazine treatments daily. Began MLS laser therapy daily.
2019-Feb-12 Barnacles caused keratin to peel off of carapace leaving bone exposed.
2019-Feb-11 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Freshwater bath to remove barnacles.
2019-Feb-10 Rescued from Melbourne Beach and taken to the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center.