Venus's Story

Venus was rescued from Key Biscayne, FL, after being found lethargic and covered in barnacles. Necrosis was found on her front flippers, and cultures showed that she was infected with a caryospora parasite. Venus was cleared of the parasite, and her front flippers are in the process of healing.

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

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

Location: Key Biscayne, FL
Concern: Internal Infection
Status: Released

Weight: 2.2 kg 4.9 lbs


2019-Dec-11 Released in Key Biscayne, FL.
2019-Nov-22 Responded well to larger tank environment. Cleared for release. 
2019-Nov-04 Moved to larger tank for physical therapy behind the scences.
2019-Aug-01 Started on Gas-X daily to counter flotation issues.
2019-Jul-31 CT scans taken to diagnose flotation issues.
2019-Jul-27 Radiographs revealed hyperinflated lungs.
2019-Jul-25 Floatation tilt observed. Eating well.
2019-Jul-13 Section of dead bone dropped from left front flipper.
2019-Jul-02 No more caryospora found in fecal. Discontinue antiparasitic medication.
2019-Jun-09 Discontinued MLS laser therapy.
2019-Jun-08 Started antiparasitic medications under direction of veterinarian to combat parasitic infection.
2019-Jun-07 Caryospora parasite infection discovered from fecal sample.
2019-Jun-04 Started MLS laser therapy and leech therapy on flipper damage every other day.
2019-Jun-01 Found stranded in sargassum in Key Biscayne, FL. Brought to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Freshwater to remove barnacles.