Punch's Story

Punch was rescued from the Daytona Beach, FL and transported to Gumbo Limbo by a Volusia County Marine Science Center volunteer. Punch presented with severe laceration to the carapace (top of shell) from a vessel strike, and fibropapilloma tumors near her front and rear flippers.

Close up of a green sea turtle laying on a treatment table.

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

Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Concern: Vessel Strike & Fibropapillomatosis
Status: Released

Weight: 9.15 kg 20.10 lbs


2021-Oct-19 No Caryospora observed. Continue weight therapy.
2021-Oct-07 Rechecked fecal, continue to treat for Caryospora.
2021-Sep-24 No longer floating, resting on bottom.
2021-Sep-21 Attached tempory weight to carapace to encourage diving.
2021-Sep-05 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Continue supportive care.
2021-Aug-12 Found floating just north of Canaveral National Seashore. Brought to Brezard Zoo SeaTurtle Healing Center. Radiographs and bloodwork performed. Began medication for Caryospora.
2021-Feb-18 Released at Canaveral National Seashore.
2021-Feb-16 Wounds healing well. Active and eating. Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2021-Feb-09 FP removal surgery performed by veterinarian. Apply honey to surgical sites daily.
2021-Jan-26 FP removal surgery pending healthy bloodwork parameters.
2021-Jan-05 Continue anemia treatments and monitoring PCV.
2020-Dec-05 Attach temporary weights to help control bouyancy issues. No longer floating.
2020-Dec-01 Begin treatment for anemia. Move to large therapy tank to encourage diving.
2020-Nov-10 Wounds debrided by the veterinarian. Healing well. FP removal surgery pending healthy bloodwork parameters.
2020-Oct-26 Wound is sealed and healing well. Discontinue wound VAC and dry docking. Doing well in water.
2020-Oct-19 Continuing Wound VAC. In water for a few hours per day to eat. Floating and passing solid stool. Dry dock with bandage overnight.
2020-Oct-13 Wounds cleaned by veterinarian. Healing well. Reapply wound VAC bandange to continue negative pressure therapy.
2020-Oct-07 Severe lacerations to carapace. Wounds cleaned thoroughly with disinfectant, and wound VAC bandage applied. Dry docked turtle while Wound VAC therapy applied. Begin supportive medications.