2021 Debilitated Green Sea Turtles

Due to cooler weather and heavy winds, a large number of sea turtles stranded on the east coast of Florida in early March. These turtles were brought to various sea turtle rehabilitation centers in Florida. Gumbo Limbo received eight turtles that were found washed ashore and extremely lethargic with heavy loads of encrusting barnacles on their shell.

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

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

Location: East Coast of Florida
Concern: Lethargic
Status: Released

Weight: 3-5 kg 6-11lbs


2021-Apr-21 Released at Canaveral National Seashore, FL.
2021-April-18 Wounds healed well. Ready for release.
2021-April-11 Continue honey and MLS laser on carapace.
2021-April-04 All turtles are eating well and active.
2021-Mar-27 Completed nebulizer treatments. Continue honey and MLS Laser treatments.
2021-Mar-13 Removed barancles and disinfected carapace. Started honey, MLS laser, and nebulizer treatments.
2021-Mar-12 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center to continue rehabilitation.
2021-Mar Turtles rescued from multiple locations along east coast of Florida and brought to the Sea Turtle Healing Center at Brevard Zoo. Begin supportive medications and completed diagnostics bloodwork and radiographs.