Espresso's Story

Espresso originally was found floating on May 6, 2020 and was brought to Loggerhead Marinelife Center for treatment for  boat strike injuries. After spending several months recovering, Espresso began to develop fibropapilloma (FP) tumors on the flippers and eyes. Espresso was immediately transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center where the patient is currently recovering and awaiting tumor removal surgery.

Close up of a green sea turtle with a tumor on the eye.

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

Location: Loxahatchee River, FL
Concern: Fibropapillomatosis & Floatation
Status: Released

Weight: 4.4 kg 9.7 lbs


2020-11-04 Released in Hobe Sound, FL.
2020-Oct-27 Finished course of medications. Veterinarian approved for release.
2020-Oct-06 Minor tumor removal procedure performed.
2020-Oct-04 FP regrowth observed on soft tissue.
2020-Sep-20 Tumor removal surgery performed.
2020-Aug-18 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center because of fibropapilloma tumors. Stable, awaiting tumor removal surgery.
2020-May-06 Rescued from Loxahatchee River floating and unable to dive. Taken to Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Treated for floatation from previous boat strike injuries.