Wormhole's Story

Wormhole was rescued from the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier after being hooked by a fisherman for the fourth time! During this fourth stranding, Wormhole was hooked at the same pier in the mouth and flipper and had fishing line entangled around the neck. Previously, a hook had been removed from her jaw and Wormhole made a full recovery. After being released from Red Reef Park, Wormhole was hooked again for the second time at the same pier and swallowed the fish hook, requiring surgery.  Wormhole was encountered a third time at the Deerfield Pier when she was released after the fishermen removed the hook and we were able to identify her from tag numbers.  After this most recent encounter at the pier, Wormhole will likely be returned to sea further away from the pier. Read all about our research on turtles that get hooked on piers repeatedly in the July 2020 issue of Hammock Happenings.

Close up of a green sea turtle laying on a towel with a pile of fishing line in front of it..


Species: Green Sea Turtle
Age: Juvenile (~4-7 yrs)

Location: Deerfield Beach, FL
Concern: Fishing Hook
Status: Recovering

Weight: 3.9 kg 8.58 lbs

Tracking Wormhole

Follow along with Wormhole's journey! Wormhole was outfitted with a satellite transmitter prior to release on two separate occasions to monitor the success of using alternative release locations to deter interactions with recreational fishing piers. Released on August 27, 2021 near Long Key and released on September 17, 2020 near Round Island.

 

Updates

2021-Aug-27 Released near Long Key.
2021-Aug-15 Cleared for release.
2021-Jul-15 Recovering well from surgery.
2021-Jun-15 Surgery performed to remove hook.
2021-Jun-12 Rescued at Deerfield Beach Pier entangled in fishing gear and swallowed hook.
2020-Sep-17 Released at Round Island Park.
2020-Aug-6 Veterinarian cleared for release! 
2020-Jul-1 Discontinue supportive medications. Eating well and active.
2020-Jun-16 Receiving daily treatments to prevent infection and heal lacerations on neck. Eating well.
2020-Jun-15 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier with fishing hooks caught in mouth and front right flipper. Monofilament and nylon braided line was wrapped around neck, as well. Brought to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Acoustic transmitter was missing.
2019-Aug-13 Released at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, Fl.
2019-Aug-6 Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2019-Jul-9 Fishing hook removed from throat. Monitor recovery.
2019-Jul-7 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier with fishing hook caught in throat and brought to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Acoustic transmitter still intact.
2019-Jun-21 Affixed with acoustic transmitter and released from Red Reef Park.
2019-Jun-16 Hook removed from jaw.X-rays confirmed no internal hooks.
2019-Jun-16 Rescued from the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier with fishing hook in lower right jaw and taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.