Dung Beetle's Story

Dung Beetle was rescued from the Dania Beach Pier after being hooked by a recreational fisherman. The fisherman reported the hooked turtle immediately for assistance. Partially healed, small wounds on plaston and front right flipper indicative of previous hook interactions.

Close up of Dung Beetle laying on a treatment table on the right. Gloved hand holding the removed hook on the left.

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

Location: Dania Beach, FL
Concern: Hook
Status: Released

Weight: 2.3 kg 5.07 lbs

Updates

2020-Mar-17 Released by Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program.
2020-Mar-13 Cleared for release by veterinarian. Applied flipper and pit tags and affixed acoustic tag.
2020-Feb-18 Completed diagnostic bloodwork and radiographs. No internal hooks or injuries reported. Expected to make a full recovery.
2020-Feb-17 Rescued from the Dania Beach Pier. The hook was removed from the mouth immediately.