Zabini's Story

Zabini was rescued from St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal in St. Lucie County, FL after suffering a predator attack to her front left flipper. She was taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, and after her wound fully recovered, Zabini was released from Walton Rocks Dog Beach in St. Lucie, FL affixed with a satellite transmitter. To follow Zabini's journey since her release, check out our webpage on satellite tracking!

Close up of a loggerhead sea turtle crawling on the beach with a satellite tag.

Species: Loggerhead
Age: Adult (25-35+ years)

Location: St. Lucie, FL
Concern: Predator Injury
Status: Released

Weight: 113.5 kg 250 lbs



2019-Jun-12 Released from Walton Rocks Dog Beach in St. Lucie County, FL.
2019-May-28 Cleared for release.
2019-May-07 Continue monitoring recovery.
2019-Apr-20 Discontinue MLS laser therapy.
2019-Apr-11 Discontinue all antibiotic medications.
2019-Apr-02 Underwent surgery to debride and close flipper wound.
2019-Mar-15 Discontinued some antibiotic medications under direction of veterinarian.
2019-Mar-08 Debrided wound. Continue antibiotic treatment and MLS laser therapy.
2019-Feb-23 Underwent surgery to clean and close flipper wound. Switched antibiotic medications as directed by veterinarian due to wound culture results.
2019-Feb-16 Started leech treatment and MLS laser therapy daily.
2019-Feb-15 Maggot treatment removed.
2019-Feb-14 Flipper injury sutured and maggot treatment applied to wound.
2019-Feb-13 Rescued from St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal with predator wounds on left front flipper. Bone exposed. Taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Wounds cleaned. Started on antibiotic medications.